We’ve been supplying Baby Bears since shortly after they opened 4 years ago, so if you’re near Perth please pop in & say hello, or visit their website!
What made you decide to open your shop?
We opened our shop when Lorna was on maternity leave with our son Finlay. We noticed that there was a gap in the market in Perth for a baby shop where you could buy things that were a little bit different from the norm. Initially we did not do prams/nursery furniture because there was already a shop in the town doing that but when they shut down last year we started doing some prams (unfortunately our shop is quite small!) and nursery furniture. The shop has now been open for 4 years and is going from strength to strength. When Finlay was 3 Lorna went back to work as Head Textile buyer at The House of Bruar which allowed Gordon to use his experience as Operations Manager (at the same company) to build and grow the Baby Bears website. He has also just started a new business with his best friend which is taking up a lot of time at the moment.
What do you like to do if you ever get a chance to relax?
With a five year old son, 2 businesses to run and a full time job we rarely get any free time but when we do we both enjoy golf. Gordon is also an Aberdeen football fan and is looking forward to taking Finlay to his first match soon. We enjoy nothing better than a night away with a lovely meal – but I think that has only probably happened about 3 times in the last 6 years!
Favourite dad joke?
Tim Vine’s one liners are brilliant and one of our favourites is ‘had to throw the hoover out today – it was just gathering dust!’ – I LOVE this joke!
If money was no object, what would be the one thing you would do?
Apart from the obvious – dream house and luxury holidays – we would love to grow the Baby Bears business. We want to open more shops, expand the website and do a mail order catalogue.
icandy, Oyster, Uppababy, Clair de Lune, Buggysnuggle, Sophie La Girafe, Pink Lining, Bob and Blossom ,Olive and Moss, Piccalilly, Skibz, Jellycat, Big Jigs, Beatrix Potter (to name but a few…)
What makes your shop special?
We try to make sure we stock things that are different to those which can be found in other high street stores. We are always on the lookout for new and exciting products. We take great pride in our presentation – and wrap all purchases nicely so it feels that little bit more special.
Do you have a particular ethos?
Customer service is of the upmost importance to us and we will do whatever we can to help customers. Although we can’t always compete with the big names on price we offer customers the very best value for money we can and we certainly make up for it with our service.
Anything else you’d like to tell people?
We would just like to tell people how important it is to support their local independent stores. Everyone wants to have lovely shops in their town but if people don’t use them they will not be there for long and we really don’t want every high street in Britain to look the same. – Absolutely! Couldn’t agree more!
Shop address: Baby Bears, 260 High Street, PERTH PH1 5QJ
Telephone: 01738 621 913
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5.30pm Saturday (Open Sundays in December)
So make sure you visit Baby Bears if you are in the area & I’m sure they will sort you out with whatever you need for your little ones!