With a small and unassuming front window tucked away in an old building on Saddler Street in Durham, it is almost easy to overlook the treasure trove that is The Mugwump. However, once you step inside the shop, you never want to leave.
Boasting three stories in a stunning building, The Mugwump is the perfect lifestyle shop selling a little bit of everything you can imagine. There is truly something for everyone, ranging from Neal’s Yard beauty and cosmetics, to luxury ladies clothing from Sandwich, from delicious handmade confectionary, to beautifully painted kitsch pottery.
It is fair to say The Mugwump is a thriving independent shop, and perfectly suited to Durham. It also boasts a proud heritage and longevity, and is now celebrating their 50th year of trade. We spoke with Maria, an assistant at The Mugwump.
Assistant, Maria, said: “The Mugwump was the brainchild of Jean and Judy, who were two art students back in the 60s.
“When they first opened the shop in 1966 they rented two rooms. One was a café which was run by friends, and the other sold Scandinavian pottery.
“Since then over the years the shop has expanded, so now Jean and her husband Peter actually own this whole building. So now we have three floors of gifts, arts, prints and frames, and ladies fashion.
“I think the secret of this shops longevity is Jean’s passion and eye for bringing beautiful things to Durham.”
The Mugwump is a stunning quirky shop and there is simply nothing else like it. Be sure to pay a visit when you are next in Durham.
Words by Anna Hope