Mainstreet featured in Country Living, April 2013
We were delighted to be featured in the April issue of Country Living as their Kitchen Table Talent. Here’s a sample of the text … The colourful window displays of The Mainstreet Trading Company in the Scottish Borders village of St Boswells are enough to lift the spirits on a dull day. This morning, art graduate Phillippa is putting the finishing touches to her depiction of James and the Giant Peach, papering and painting a large exercise ball, crafting origami out of vintage-style giftwrap and hanging a cardboard flock of sky-blue birds. As the scene takes shape, passers-by stop to admire it before being enticed inside by the aroma of Arabica coffee, and the promise of oven-fresh scones and cakes, which are served daily in the bookshop’s in-house cafe. By lunchtime, loyal customers will be lining up to buy bowls of homemade soup, clutching and discussing their latest literary finds as they near the till, before relaxing at one of the many tables, tucked next to and among the bookcases, to catch up with friends.
For Rosamund de la Hey, it’s a scene that rewards the hard work of the past five years. A former marketing director for children’s literature at bloomsbury Publishing in London, she is as passionate about books as her husband Bill, formerly a photographer, is about food, and combining these interests was their plan from the start….
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