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About Us

Est, 2003

As locals we recognised the need within our lovely market town of Chippenham to have its own good independent gift shop. So in March 2003 we opened under the name of The Craft Company and quickly became the go-to place for locals looking for that perfect gift without having to make the effort to go to Bath or Bristol.

In 2016 we re-branded the shop to Hall’s Emporium of Fancy Goods as we felt this reflected what we do much more accurately, as although we still have many handmade crafts from British artists we now offer such a wide and exciting range of interesting things that ‘emporium’ and ‘fancy’ is much more appropriate. We had also got fed up of folks asking for craft making supplies as as sadly craft doesn’t mean what it used to! Thank you Kirsty A!

You'll Love...

• Our unique style and sense of humour
• That we will randomly talk to you at any given moment
• That we strive to buy direct from the makers themselves, with the aim to showcase British talent and amplify its provenance.
• That we have all you need for any occasion, card, gift, wrap all in one place.
• Our rude and potentially offensive cards.
• Our delightful and lovely cards too.
• The sheer amount of ‘things’ to inspire and choose from.

We Are...

Lou – Owner and visionary for the shop. Loud, outspoken and with one of the best laughs you’ll ever hear. I do pretty much everything in the shop from ordering, displays, accounts to building shelves, electrics and cleaning the toilet! But I couldn’t do it without…

Jo – Manager, personal assistant and occasional carer to me. Jo is frankly brilliant. Willing to do most things to make my life easier, happier busy than sat doing nothing, she had become integral to the shop and I think a really good friend, listening to me endlessly witter on about life, the universe and everything.

Our Speciality

We work really hard to offer a unique selection of gifts for all occasions.  Searching high, low, far and wide we are constantly on the look out for interesting, funny, thoughtful and unusual products that are great as a gift or as a treat for yourself.

We have a relaxed atmosphere in the shop, happy to let folks browse at their own pace, offering help and advice when needed.

About Us

If you’ll please indulge me for a moment this is, in brief, my story.

I’m a local girl, having grown up, gone to school and lived in the area all my life. I met my husband to be Ian in my local, aged just 19 before I went to University. We stayed together throughout my studies and married in 2001.

My childhood was spent following my Mum around craft shows and when Mum started a co-operative shop of fellow craft workers when I was 14 I was duly nominated as the Saturday girl. This naturally developed into our own shop in Bath, which we closed in 2003 after yet another rent rise. Myself and Ian found these premises in Chippenham and with Mum’s financial whizzkiddery and ability to look at the long game we bought the shop and became Chippenham’s premier gift shop.

2017 proved to be a difficult year when Mum sadly died after a 3 year discussion with cancer. Shortly thereafter Ian died, completely unexpectedly, turning my world upside down. This last year has been bloody hard work, but I’m still here, still passionate about the shop and carrying on where Mum and Ian can’t. I couldn’t have done it without the support of a few very good friends. My shop manager Jo and the charitable organisation WAY – Widowed and Young.

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