My name is India and I opened Sunshine & Snow after taking over our previous shop ‘Ian Snow’ from my father (which was opposite the current shop). I jumped at the opportunity to open a rebranded, expanded store in Bideford. Having grown up in North Devon, I had always noticed the lack of design led, curated shops in the area. Therefore, when opening this shop, I made it my mission to create a beautiful shopping experience that tells a story and leaves people feeling inspired.
I am passionate about reviving the high street and keeping local bricks and mortar shops going. Wherever possible, I believe you should shop locally and support your local community, from buying meat from your local butcher through to buying a card from a local independent instead of a soulless supermarket giant. This is why I created Sunshine and Snow, to be able to offer an eclectic mix of beautiful homeware and gifts from across the globe to the local people of Bideford.
In July 2019 we opened the second floor of our shop, so we could expand our range of homeware and clothing. We especially wanted to focus on increasing the range of Ian Snow homeware on offer, which is our own brand. The brands core values are creating pieces that are handmade and ethically sourced, using sustainable materials and plastic free packaging. These values are also the focus of Sunshine and Snow, as we continue to grow, we will be cutting out plastic products & decreasing the amount of plastic packaging throughout the supply chain. Although we are a shop, we very much promote the ethos that you should buy less, choose well & cherish the items you buy forever.
In 2019 we were a finalist in the national retail awards ‘The Greats’. We then went on to win the Muddy Stilettos award for the ‘Best gift shop in the South West’ which we were extremely grateful for. We were also featured in a Telegraph article as ‘Much, much more than a gift shop.’ We have plans to open a café and create a garden terrace at the back of the shop in the future.
We cant wait to see what the future holds! Thank you for supporting our journey.
Lots of love,
India x