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Added to website: 19 March 2010
A birthday party to celebrate the rescue and relaunch of
The House of Rose and Brown

The House of Rose & Brown, Vintage Boutique & Gallery
16 Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JS
Friday 2 April 2010     11am – 5.30pm
To celebrate Rose & Brown’s 3rd Birthday
All welcome and it's free!

The House of Rose & Brown, Vintage Boutique & Gallery in Victoria Road, Saltaire celebrates its third Birthday on Friday 2 April.  However, the shop nearly didn’t reach this important milestone, as it came close to closing for good in February.

Caroline Brown originally opened the shop in April 2007 as a two-week temporary showcase of vintage treasures and local artwork.  The shop took off immediately and proved a popular haven for customers seeking original vintage clothing and homewares from the 1920s to the 1980s, plus handmade pieces and artwork from local artists and makers. 

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Caroline gave up her full time job as an Administrator for the Arts Council in July 2007 in order to concentrate on The House of Rose & Brown.  Since then the shop has sold everything from 1940s wedding dresses to a 1960s Christian Dior coat, and a Clarice Cliff dish to grandmother clocks.  Alongside the shop, Caroline has organized many successful events in Saltaire, Bradford and Leeds including the well-established, regular Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair, and the Vintage Extravaganza at Bradford Playhouse.  The Rose & Brown vintage fashion shows, staged as part of the Saltaire Festival are especially popular and demonstrate how real women can look great in vintage outfits.

As the events blossomed, with plans for larger events, more vintage fairs and in more venues this year, it began to look like the shop would have to take a back seat.  Caroline explains, “It became almost impossible to try to run the shop efficiently at the same time as creating and organising even more events.  The established events are so well received and I need to ensure that their high quality is maintained.  I also have big ambitions for staging exciting new events such as a Mid-Summer Ball in Saltaire in June this year.  It’s essential to work out the best way for a business to survive, particularly in a time of recession, and it seemed to me that I couldn’t grow the events part of the business and keep the shop running too.”

The shop was due to close on 20 February, so that Caroline could concentrate on the vintage fairs and fashion shows, as well as creating new events and focusing more on the Rose & Brown website.  However, a last minute brainwave which evolved from a chat with friends has enabled a reprieve, so that The House of Rose & Brown, Vintage Boutique & Gallery, can live on.

Caroline has invited six of Rose & Brown’s friends and supporters, including regular stallholders from the vintage fairs, a local photographer and part-time vintage dealers to take on a portion of the shop, and to help man the shop too.  This frees up Caroline’s time to focus on the events and website and should ensure that Saltaire’s ‘divine little shop’ can continue for years to come.  Caroline says, “I’m so pleased that we’ve found a way to keep the shop going.  In a small way it will be run a bit like an antiques centre where different dealers have their own physical area to display and sell their stock, and yet it will still be oozing with vintage treasures, including small pieces of furniture, along with contemporary paintings and photographs.  So still very much like the Rose & Brown that we know and love!  The support that we had from customers and the community, when they heard that we would be closing was overwhelming.  It seems that Rose & Brown has become a valued part of Saltaire, and it wasn’t willing to let go of us just yet!’

To mark the re-invention of the shop, it is currently undergoing a re-fit and will re-open its doors at 11am on Friday 2 April with a grand re-launch.  Everyone is invited to come along and help celebrate Rose & Brown’s third Birthday and the dawn of a new era.  Time to eat cake and wear your best vintage gear!

Contact Details:     
Caroline Brown  07985 181120 
The House of Rose & Brown, 16 Victoria Road, Saltaire   West Yorkshire  BD18 3LQ
Open Weds – Sun 11 – 5.30pm           

Dates for the next events

Saturday 17 April 9.30am – 4pm
The Rose & Brown Vintage Fair
Bradford Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford, BD1 4HU

Saturday 1 May 9.30am – 4pm
The Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair
Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3JS
Tickets for the above events are £3 on the door or £2 for concessions. 
£2 in advance from Rose & Brown (07985 181120)

Friday 18 June 7.30pm – late
The Saltaire Midsummer Ball, Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3JS
Tickets are £20 / £25 in advance from Rose & Brown (07985 181120)

Added to website: 19 March 2010



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