Just before Christmas, we packed our van with all things comfort & joy and travelled all the way from Cornwall to North Yorkshire, to open a brand new shop in the historic market town of Northallerton. Our opening day on the 9th December may have been chilly outside but we had a fantastic day meeting old and new Seasalt Friends, singing sea shanties with the Men of Staithes and watching the very talented Sam, from our windows team, make the snow buntings that featured in our Christmas window displays. And to keep us all toasty warm, there was hot mulled apple juice and extra special mince pie pasties, brought all the way from Cornwall!
With a new shop comes a new team and we’ve caught up with Catherine, our Northallerton branch manager, to find out about her favourite spots around the town, how she wears Seasalt, and of course, her favourite pasty filling…
Tell us about your town – what do you love the best?
For me the best part of living in Northallerton is the surrounding area; we have the North Yorkshire Moors and the Dales on our doorstep. Betty’s tea rooms in town is perfect for afternoon tea if you feel like spoiling yourself. Barkers department store is always worth a look and the lovely little arcade that runs down the side is filled with little boutiques. Lewis and Coopers is a great delicatessen if you’re looking for something a little different or special to eat, and we’ve got the Joe Cornish gallery, filled with beautiful photography of the area.
What does your perfect day in Northallerton look like?
Northallerton in summer is beautiful. I love taking a wander down the High Street on a market day, grabbing a coffee then heading for a lovely woodland walk, followed by a few drinks in the evening with friends.
What drew you to working with Seasalt?
I’m drawn to lifestyle brands that you can really feel proud of, and Seasalt has a strong heritage and wonderful values. I love the story of the Chadwick family and how the brand was founded, and it’s so lovely to be a part of a business where the original owners are still so involved; it really makes you feel like part of the bigger family. It’s a really exciting time to be part of Seasalt and representing the brand up here in Yorkshire. It’s our own little slice of Cornwall!
We love to encourage creativity – what’s your creative outlet?
I have a fashion degree background so love making and creating, and I’m quite partial to a good “crafternoon”! I’ve spent quite a lot of time travelling and love visiting markets to collect textiles and clothing from other cultures to customise. I’m a bit of a magpie and love getting dressed up for events and festivals.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say I’m quite eclectic: I love colour, pattern and anything that sparkles. My dreadlocks are definitely a part of my style.
What’s your favourite way to wear Seasalt?
Seasalt is so good for layering, the dresses and tunics are my favourite and a scarf or sailor square in my hair to accessorise.
What’s your favourite Seasalt item from this season?
I have few! The Baking Stone top (I’m actually wearing it today!) is so beautiful, the print is amazing and the story behind how the print was created by Sophie and the team really drew me to it. It’s 100% cotton so I’ll be able to wear it though to the summer season too.
Favourite pasty filling?
Classic Cornish steak of course!
Jam or cream first?
That’s what we like to hear!