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Shopper’s Diary: No. 56 Shop on the Cornish Coast

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Shopper’s Diary: No. 56 Shop on the Cornish Coast

March 9, 2018

A reader recently clued us in to No. 56, a small boutique in Penzance, Cornwall, in England, perched by the coast on a street lined with 18th-century buildings. Inside, owner Carole Elsworth stocks housewares sourced from around the world, including ceramics, stationery, and good-looking cleaning goods plus an in-house line of women’s wear. Though the provenance of the store’s building is unknown, it sports a period fireplace and large shop window, and had recently undergone a renovation—which was about all Elsworth needed before setting up shop: “We wanted to keep the space light, bright, and fresh, to ensure the simple designs of the products could really shine,” says Elsworth. “The period details provide all that is necessary by way of decoration and add a lovely, homey touch.”

Photography by Natalie Coe, courtesy of No. 56.

Among the local wares on offer are ceramics by Rebecca Proctor, a potter based in North Cornwall. Her designs include Cups (£3
Above: Among the local wares on offer are ceramics by Rebecca Proctor, a potter based in North Cornwall. Her designs include Cups (£32 each) and Pouring Bowls (£39).
Stationery offerings include Notebooks from Cambridge Imprint (£5) and Ink from French brand J. Herbin (£3.50).
Above: Stationery offerings include Notebooks from Cambridge Imprint (£5) and Ink from French brand J. Herbin (£3.50).
No. 56 offers a variety of wares from Remodelista favorites Falcon Enamelware, Fog Linen Work, and Iris Hantverk.
Above: No. 56 offers a variety of wares from Remodelista favorites Falcon Enamelware, Fog Linen Work, and Iris Hantverk.
A range of wood items includes Honey Dippers (£5) and Mango Wood Boards (£
Above: A range of wood items includes Honey Dippers (£5) and Mango Wood Boards (£22).
Handmade woven bags and baskets include a Round Basket (£3
Above: Handmade woven bags and baskets include a Round Basket (£32), made by hand in Morocco of woven palm leaf, and patterned Tall Storage Baskets (£39).
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Above: Carole Elsworth’s women’s wear line, called Handworked.

For most of her career, Elsworth was a fashion designer who owned an independent label. After setting up shop at No. 56, she returned to her roots and founded Handworked, a women’s wear collection influenced in part by vintage workwear. The line includes dresses, blouses, dusters, and aprons made of natural fabrics.

On the mantel: metal Leaf Garland (currently sold out online) and Small Leaf Garland (£).
Above: On the mantel: metal Leaf Garland (currently sold out online) and Small Leaf Garland (£17).
 Hour Glasses (starting at £) and a green-themed vignette that includes Green Bottle Vases (£ each).
Above: Hour Glasses (starting at £10) and a green-themed vignette that includes Green Bottle Vases (£14 each).
Bouquets of cleaning supplies in the shop window.
Above: Bouquets of cleaning supplies in the shop window.
No. 56 is located at  Chapel St., in Penzance, Cornwall, England.
Above: No. 56 is located at 14 Chapel St., in Penzance, Cornwall, England.

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