Our shop can be found in the historic city of York in Northern England.
The shop was opened on a tiny budget in an equally tiny shop in August 2001. The initial shop-fit was made entirely from breeze blocks and scaffolding planks the total cost was less than £200. We call ourselves a design store because we’re not a gift shop or a furniture store – although we do sell gifts and some furniture! The intention was to set up a shop selling design-led products including inventive gifts, home accessories and a small range of furniture and lighting. The result was a mix of products and brands, many of which were unavailable elsewhere in the North of England at that time.
Thankfully things worked out and the feedback and sales were extremely encouraging. This allowed an interior upgrade after year one (out went the breeze blocks) and a move to a shop three times the size in the summer of 2003 located at 42 Gillygate. We’ve remained at No. 42 for the past 15 years and the business has adapted and changed during that time. We will continue to evolve whilst staying true to our core values; creative design, interesting perspectives, integrity and a sense of fun. We source our stock from smaller manufacturers now and carefully handpick items that meet our criteria. Our belief is that a smaller business has the potential to offer more than a big powerful one. We aim to succeed by offering a range of products, customer care and attention to detail that is now hard to find on the high street.
Snowhome has attracted some wonderful and loyal customers along the way as well as some great staff members, many of whom are now close friends.