A NEW Pop Up Shop has opened in Penzance – in the former Peasgood’s Pharmacy made famous by the town’s greatest son Humphry Davy.
The store at the top of Market Jew Street has been empty and forlorn since Summer 2011 and has sparked ideas for a museum about the great scientist’s life.
But this week it was open for business as a Pop Up Shop selling crafts and art, much of it created by a group who normally sell their wares at Sennen Market.
The shop will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday.
Crafts on show range from photographs to ceramics.
Niki Green’s images have been shown in galleries all over Cornwall and seen in iconic Cornish venues like the Eden Project and the National Maritime Museum, and her sterling silver jewellery replicas of shells, feathers and oddities like the “mermaid’s purse” are inspired by beach finds.
Kelynn Pottery by Holly Jackson offers ceramic gifts and utility ware individually handmade and decorated in Penzance.
Catherine Luck-Taylor creates hand-built raku fired ceramics in her garden studio near Land's End. Also on sale are natural handmade soaps and candles and original hand-painted jewellery as well as handmade cards and wood sculptures.
Holly Jackson said: “We had a really busy Monday and we’ve had lots of Christmas shoppers in. Lots of people have said how glad they are to see the shop open. It’s in a great position and seeing it so busy could really help the owner to let it.”
Amanda Tucker, who is also selling her wares in the store, said: “It’s such a historic shop, it’s great that it’s open. No one wants to see it shut.”