Our series highlighting some of the best indies in Harrogate continues with a look at Lighthouse Lighting & Living.
A newcomer to the town’s independent scene, the shop opened on Cold Bath Road in July after relocating from Lancashire. We caught up with owners Martin and Lisa Johnson to find out how they’re settling in.
Lighthouse may be a newbie in Harrogate but back in its previous home of Barnoldswick, it was a well-established company which had been based in the town for more than half a century.
Martin and Lisa have been running the business for 15 years. Although they moved house to Harrogate two years ago, they had no plans to relocate the shop – until they discovered the charms of Cold Bath Road.
It was while walking up the popular shopping street one day that Lisa saw some premises for let and for the first time considered moving the business.
“We just thought it would be worth looking round as Cold Bath road had such potential,” says Martin.
“And straight away we realised the street is a lovely place, with a great vibe and lots of independent businesses.”
Lighthouse opened at 123 Cold Bath Road on July 8, and Martin and Lisa have been delighted with its success so far.
Martin says: “Relocating to Harrogate has definitely been the right decision. We love living and working here. We’ve met some friendly people, and our new customers have really embraced the shop and our products.”
As well as attracting new fans in Harrogate, Lighthouse has retained its loyal customer base from its days in Barnoldswick. Shoppers across Yorkshire remain fans of the shop’s high-quality products, eclectic and unusual ranges, great customer service and expert advice on lighting for the home.
Although the business has a website, its products can’t be bought online, so it’s well worth visiting the shop. Spread across two levels, it showcases the variety of stunning lighting products available, with modern and contemporary styles on the ground floor and traditional upstairs.
What’s on offer?
Products are sourced personally by Martin and Lisa, both from the UK and abroad. The couple’s aim is to help customers find the perfect lighting solutions for their home, and they achieve this by using their excellent knowledge of products with their expertise and experience of interior design and lighting. Items are priced in the medium to top range, with a two-hour home consultancy service also available for £250, refundable against the first order of £1,000 or more.
Martin and Lisa are busy creating partnerships with British lighting suppliers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their products in Harrogate. They are currently sticking the David Hunt range, which is assembled in the Cotswolds.
In the run-up to Christmas, it’s worth bearing Lighthouse in mind. While not a gift shop in the traditional manner, the store has a host of products which lend themselves to presents for all occasions. Alongside their range of lighting, Martin and Lisa also sell British-made homewares sourced from artisan craft makers. You’ll find some charming pieces to brighten up your home, from Yorkshire-made glass, throws and outdoor lanterns to pottery made in Devon and Surrey, and metalwork forged in Scotland.
Lighthouse is the only Harrogate indie stocking celebrity chef Tom Kerridge’s UK-made kitchenware. You might also want to look out for The Little Greene Paint Company’s classic tones, authenticated by English Heritage. And the business is an agent for the French company Lampe Berger, selling its collection of rare room fragrances and special gift packs (perfect for Christmas!), as well as the company’s newly introduced Parfum Berger range of candles and diffusers.