Barton Gift Co…more gifts than you can shake a stick at!!
Barton Gift Co is located on the popular Wesley Street in Southport, affectionately called the ‘Village in a Town’. Barton Gift Co stocks an array of traditional and modern gifts but specialises in walking sticks, even offering a cutting and measuring services to ensure people walk away with the perfect stick! We caught up with the owner Margo to find out a little bit more about this lovely business.
1. How long have you been in business and what inspired you to start Barton Gift Co?
Barton Gift Co have been in business for 6 years in November, it hasn’t been easy being a true independent but now I am so pleased we persevered and didn’t give in .
Having worked in retail in Southport for 45 years in both small independents and large chain stores, I wanted to provide a really excellent Customer Service as it is of the utmost importance to me , along with a warm friendly shopping experience. My goal is to sell quality products at sensible prices, I am very passionate about the products that I sell and the way that I do it.
2. What do you love about your Sefton customers and local community?
I love the fact that I can be myself with my customers and that we can chat about anything and everything. I have many regulars that I genuinely care about and if I haven’t got what they want, I will happily point them in the direction of a shop that does have it.
3. What do you find is the biggest challenge of running a local business?
The biggest challenge that I have found (along with cash flow) is footfall, I think signage for the street would be very beneficial to myself and the other traders in Wesley Street.
4. What is it like being part of the Wesley Street traders community and why is the street so special?
I enjoy being part of the Wesley Street Traders Community as I know every person on the street, there is a strong common goal which is to increase footfall and ensure the street retains its individuality, charm and quirkiness. Having spent so many years working in the town centre, I know a lot of people in the retail community and enjoy chatting and having a laugh with the many traders and local characters in the area.
5. What is your current must have item from Barton Gift Co. at the moment?
My current must have item ? Ooooh … so many, we have Traditional and Modern Gifts, such as Tankards, Hipflasks, Leather Wallets and Purses, Handbags, Manbags, Shaving Accessories, but our speciality is our Fabulous range of Walking Sticks — Folding, Adjustable, Wooden, Patterned, Floral, Seatsticks, Sticks for Weddings and Special Occasions ,Blingy sticks, Sticks for Hiking, Country Sticks!
We offer a FREE Cut and measure service, help and advice AND 10% discount off all Sticks at the moment, (and we give loyalty discounts to pensioners).
6. If you could gift any item from Barton Gift Co. to a celebrity, what would it be and for whom?
Mmmmm a gift to a Celebrity!! I actually did this last year, Mickey Flanagan was filming for a TV show in Wesley Street and I gave him the last bottle of “Southport” aftershave that we had. He thanked me and gave me a hug, lovely man !!
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