Local Business Heroes - Eclettico

A family-run design-led retail shop situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of Colchester, offering a special treat for Colchester Life cardholders

Those Colcestrians who, like me, have been away from our town for a number of years may recall a pretty little shop called The Craftsman in Trinity Street, which always had a cheerful window display and offered some gift-giving inspiration. Well, when the owner of that shop made plans to retire some years ago the Naylors decided that, rather than bemoan its closure and look elsewhere for their gifts, they would buy the building and keep the business going.  And lucky for Colchester that it just what they have done.

After a few years learning the ropes, beginning to put their own stamp on the shop’s interior and introducing a few new lines, in 2011 the shop underwent a refit, designed to better show off the gorgeous timber-framed building, and relaunched under the name Eclettico – the Italian for eclectic.

Today Eclettico is run by daughter Harriette Naylor, and is a real treasure trove of gorgeous things. When Bean and I visited recently she didn’t know where to look next, and added at least seven different items to her ever-growing Christmas list! Full of handmade teddy bears, artisan glassware, quirky Italian homeware and British-designed jewellery, Eclettico still has the feel of a family-run business and you just know the pieces have been chosen with real care.

The bespoke shelving units upstairs in what currently houses the Christmas Emporium are backless, to allow customers to appreciate the unique lop-sidedness of the building, and Harriet is a knowledgeable participant in Heritage Day, welcoming interested visitors and preparing information boards detailing the history of the shop.

Members of the Trinity Traders group, active fundraisers for Poppy’s Place Animal Rescue and enthusiastic participants in Small Business Saturday, Eclettico is the type of shop you go into tempted by the window display, hopeful you’ll find something intriguing and end up with a charming fit-for-purpose purchase that makes you feel proud to shop local.

As a special treat for Colchester Life cardholders make any purchase over £25 and you will receive a delightful pewter teddy keepsake token absolutely free!

All Eclettico's contact and social media details are listed on our place directory, here: http://colchesterlife.co.uk/pl...