In 1871 Sir Thomas Lipton opened his first shop in Scotland and by 1890 he had around 300 stores. Lipton then bought 5 bankrupt coffee plantations in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and planted tea instead, which enabled him to supply tea “Direct from the Tea Gardens to the Teapot". Tea became more affordable and accessible to the working class, thus greatly increasing its popularity.
How long have you been in business here and why Lewes?
Personally, full time since 1982; but the business was started by great grandad here in about 1855.
Have you found that there's anything that people have asked for more now after lockdown has been lifted?
Lots of copying and restoring of old family photos sorted out during lockdown and a rush for passport pictures! And our bestselling greetings card has been an archive picture of a couple in the stocks at Lewes Castle!
What's been your favourite single moment/interaction while trading during lockdown or after having re-opened?
A young lady buying an Old Lewes print as a thank you to her parents “who do an awful lot for me”.
If you had the chance, which past Lewes High Street shop would you most like to re-introduce and why?
Thackerays Restaurant: their carpetbagger steak was wonderful! And Woolworths.
Of all the events and meetings that happen on the High Street which are you most looking forward to experiencing again when social restrictions are eased?
Bonfire of course, and we also love Patina.
Tom & Tania at Edward Reeves Photography