This exhibition uses
the frames to give us a window into some of our local shops.
The shops were asked to contribute an item or story that revealed
something about them.
Here is a window into some of them.
Gail and Vivian have built up 30 years
experience in contemporary furnishing during their career
with Maskrays and continue to off the first class service at
specialise in Blinds made to measure, Conservatory blinds,
Awnings, Plantation shutters, Solutions for bay and shaped
windors, Motorised blinds and tracks, Curtains made to
We are the Olive Branch, come and sit
If you want good coffee don’t go to town
We’ve been in the village more than 30 years
So to all who come in we welcome you, cheers
We serve many drinks, breakfasts and lunch
Afternoon tea is lovely to munch
Hot chocs, coke floats, ice cream milkshakes
Sponge, drizzle, squares, a whole range of cakes.
Rayboulds is the oldest shop in the village, the only one
the same after at least 70 years. The current owner has been
here 20 years, still working in the traditional way.
He says “I came for a job and have taken over”.
In 2005 when I qualified I sent out
letters using mailmerge……something my Mum had helped me do
previously when seeking pre-reg positions. My letter was
taken note of, and after meeting for all of five minutes, I
was employed in my first job, and became a business partner
a year later. My husband joined me in the business in 2011.
A set of circumstances led to us working here, influenced by
my lovely Mum…………
I don’t feel like I chose Rhiwbina,
I felt like it chose me.
Founded in December 2012, the Art
Workshop provides lessons in Fine Art to people of all ages.
Classes are held in the Workshop’s period studio in Lon Fach,
with its original wooden rafters and south-facing paned
windows, in the lane leading to Rhiwbina’s Wendy House and
Garden Village. Here a small team of qualified tutors teach
painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, Art History and
more. They focus on providing the foundations of Art
practice and creative thinking. The Workshop’s ethos is that
Art education should be available to everyone; most of us
are capable of artistic expression, regardless of
background, experience, age or the self-defeating notion of
“talent”. It’s amazing how “talented” people become if they
start learning and keep working. Making Art has wide-ranging
benefits: reducing stress, increasing concentration and
observational skills and improving brain function, it’s also
a sociable, supportive, fun activity. As Sandy, a student of
oil painting, said: “Coming to classes is my refuge from the
everyday.” And Dan, who attends the children’s After School
Art Academy, calls the Workshop his “Happy Place”.
A couple of years ago I was asked to help
on the second hand book stall by my friend Glenda at the
Rhiwbina Summer Festival.
I really enjoyed finding books for the many customers that
we had that lovely sunny Saturday.
It was fun persuading them that they needed 5 books for £1
rather than just the one for 20p (that’s one for the
The idea for a career change started to germinate that day
and has now blossomed into my own shop selling clothes
rather than books.
Beulah Dress Agency
Victoria Fearn Gallery
After spending the previous few years
raising a family, while sitting in Snails Deli one Monday
morning having a well earned coffee, Clare and I noticed
that the 'To Let' sign was up over no.10 Beulah Road.
After a bit of umming and aghhing, we
thought - yeah, Rhiwbina's a cool place to start another new
With a lot of grunt, sweat and tears & plenty of
encouragement from all our lovely neighbours, Ginger Whites
opened it's doors in September 2013 and the rest they
say...... Jason & Clare.
The Whittaker Lounge
The Whittaker Lounge is
found at the rear of Beulah Church serving light refreshments
and Fairly Traded and home-made cakes and produce. It was
opened to create a warm and friendly meeting place in the
The horse shoe reminds us that
Beulah first began as a church in a stables.
People came together to worship using a Blacksmith's stables
in the midst of the farm land round about.
Very appropriate for a church to start in a stable, like
Jesus. For a church, wanting to care about the environment,
it's also significant to think we began in the midst of the
farms and the horses and the black smith's fire.
always loved fashion and weddings, even as a little girl, I
studied fashion and design in college and university, and
dreamt of owning my own wedding dress boutique for brides
who love something stylish and fashion forward, at the time
thinking it would probably only ever be a pipeline dream.
After struggling to find my own dress in Cardiff I felt as
though Cardiff did in fact need such a boutique for brides
like me and the vision then truly began! Consequently after
much encouragement and support from my husband and family
our boutique Hannah Emily Bridal opened in October 2012 and
it's everything I envisioned. It's been such a blessing
working with such beautiful brides to be everyday.
I chose the piece of blue lace to represent us as it was one
of the first laces I ever bought myself, the floral
background because we do love a bit of floral, we even have
a floral dress in our own wedding dress collection!
New beginnings. Local brothers, Sam and Ben
acquired the Muddybumsbikes shop in Autumn 2010. Like any
new venture the first years were tricky and the small shop
space limited what we could achieve.
In Spring 2012, we moved to new premises on Heol y Deri. The
move allowed us to increase the variety of brands we could
By 2015 we had out-grown the initial shop layout, and over a
couple of weekends we redesigned the shop, increasing the
workshop space and improving the layout of the bikes on
The future of cycling in the UK is set to
grow further and we are embracing this. We have a new
website coming online in July, and now run evening classes
in cycle maintenance, as well as offering bikes to suit all
pockets and riding styles.
The Snail is the internationally
recognised symbol of the Slow Food Movement, established in
1986 in Italy, as a protect against the siting of a
McDonalds fast-food outlet opposite the Spanish Steps in
Snails are also considered
a delicacy in France and many other countries around the
world including Vietnam and the Philippines.
We chose the
names as it was short and memorable, and our daughter’s (Poppi)
Paul and Mags own Serenade as a result of
Margaret’s love of teddies. Paul was in the shop previously
known as Cascades buying the latest Beanie Baby Teddy and
happened to say that “We would love a shop like this”. The
previous owner’s reply was that the shop was in fact for
sale, that evening there was a lengthy discussion and the
rest is history. We decided to buy the business and on 22
June 2001 we took over business and changed its name to
we took over this print was for sale by the previous owners
and still remains with us today, there been several attempts
to give it away, it gets lost in the store room sometimes
for years, only to reappear again and again and again. It
has now been donated to exhibit and has gone to a good home
never to return to Serenade.
In 1943 ten friends (Ten-of-us) made
their very first charitable purchase for their friend who
was poorly in hospital. They clubbed together and bought him
a radio. Little did anyone know that 72 years on Tenovus are
still doing exactly the same.
Over the years, the concept evolved into tending for those
with cancer and for family and friends of those affected by
the illness. There are thousands of individuals who want to
be just as the original ten men were, they want to make a
difference to someone who is poorly.
Our shops very much represent the ten original men and we
give individuals the opportunity to become part of a wider
team who ‘club’ together to make an incredible difference to
those who need it.
Our customers, whether buying or donating and in most cases,
doing both, come first and foremost to Tenovus. Our
community grows daily and without the wonderful people of
Rhiwbina, Welsh cancer patients would not have the
counselling, the treatment, the care and general support
that the community have ‘clubbed together’ to pay for.
Dandelion and Burdock
Setting up ‘Dandelion &
Burdock Remedies & Therapies’ has been in my mind for 10
years, but the time has never been quite right to turn my
dreams into plans.
I worked for Neal’s Yard, probably the most recognised
natural health brand in the world, It’s corporate vision was
to bring a holistic approach to health and beauty and from
its early days in Covent Garden in the 1980s it is now
available worldwide. I want to follow their lead and I have
selected products from ethical suppliers who are
environmentally responsible endorsed by the Soil
Association. They all hand-produce the highest quality
organic and natural skin care. Our skin is the largest organ
in the body and it is important to consider what we put on
In addition to the wellbeing and beauty products I stock in
the shop, I work as a therapist. I have worked as a
reflexologist for the last 10 years and specialise in
fertility and pregnancy. It has been such a joy to work with
women to realise their maternal wishes. I am deeply
committed to natural therapies and trained as a homoeopath
at the Welsh School of Homoeopathy in Carmarthen. I am
delighted with the interest in my shop and thank you for all
your kind comments about its presentation inside and out.
The Garden Place
Established in 2000 and
family run from 2008. We purchased the business
just before Christmas in 2008; the shop was then trading
under the name of "That Garden Place". We are a family run
business father and son-in-law Chris and Mark. From our
centre in Beulah road we trade under the names of "New Roots
Garden Supplies" and "Rhiwbina Sheds and Fencing". It's a small shop selling garden supplies and a
range of plants, bedding, fruit trees, baskets etc.
From the first day Mark has
continued supplying Rhiwbina and outlying areas with fencing, decking, sheds, summer house, play
houses, gates, pergolas, & trellis
under the name of "Rhiwbina Sheds and Fencing".
During the time of our
ownership we have endeavoured to form close links with both
the community and fellow traders within the village so the
benefits of our business can be utilised by all.
Wine Store at No4
Established by three friends who share a passion for real
We specialise in small family-owned domains and
chateaux from Europe and beyond, many which are organic
Drink less– drink better!
installation team !