Beartown meets... Royles Beds
Today I took a trip to Royles beds where Marie was kind enough to give up her time to have a chat about her business. They have been open now for three years and excitingly they have just managed to expand into a larger space with two stories. I personally love homeware and could spend an afternoon browsing the beds, mattresses, furniture and homeware.
Royles beds is the embodiment of a family orientated business run by Marie and her husband Lee. Marie’s love for homeware and furniture originated in her father’s carpet shop where she learnt a good grounding for opening up her own shop. They hope to keep the business in the family and eventually pass it on to their son Noah. Seven-year-old Noah is already a great help at weekends, from speaking to customers to helping carry and move products. It’s lovely to see a family all working together and create a homely environment. What could be more perfect for selling home ware?
Royles beds have just been able to move into new premises on Park street. It’s great to see that the troubles faced by businesses during Covid haven’t been able to stop them. They have been able to take the time expanding their business and creating a new, much larger space for their exciting products. Their suppliers have a large choice where Marie can take her pick from all the upcoming trends. Marie let on that everything grey is currently flying out of the shop and I do agree it’s a colour that goes with everything.
During lock down Royles beds had to close temporarily. It’s great to see them opening their doors once again when so many larger chain home-based stores have had to close. This may be due to a more personalised service that can be offered. Marie can really get to know all of her customers and find them exactly what they are looking for. This is her favourite part of the job, meeting and greeting people and not just selling her products but building something akin to friendship. Royles beds offers a bespoke service and recently had an 8ft wide bed ordered with a matching headboard. Don’t we all wish we had a bedroom large enough for that? Beds, mattresses and headboards can be ordered in unusual sizes which is perfect for an oddly sized room or extremely tall.
It’s very important in such an unsure time that we continue supporting family businesses. Where others have struggled to stay afloat Royles beds have thrived and expanded. They offer luxury products for affordable prices. Everyone I have met with today has been friendly, helpful and down to earth. As consumers we are after something more personal than large brands can always offer us. I wish them all the luck moving forwards, I’ve already got my eye on a chair and may be visiting again sooner than anticipated.