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The Marmalade Tree
17-18 Market Place
Tel: 01953 423123
An exquisite array of varied delights from jewellery and clothing to wall art and furniture, plus accessories galore, in a home decor/gift shop that offers outstanding service and quality merchandise throughout.
How to find it
In the centre of the charming market town of Wymondham - a mere 10 minutes drive from the city of Norwich –is a hidden shopping gem waiting to be discovered. One look at this shop’s front is enough to lure you closer; its orange glowing signage beacons you to its window displays which are beautifully and artistically presented and give an unfailing reflection of the quality of goods within. Owned by a husband and wife team, Rob and Jo Sutherland, their company ethos is to “provide outstanding service from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave” and this, coupled with the vast selection of tasteful goods on offer, certainly makes for a very pleasant shopping experience.
The Marmalade Tree opened in Wymondham in 2006 but the original shop has been trading in Beccles, Suffolk for 15 years now and has recently expanded to a Lady Marmalade Boutique sister franchise.
What to expect
The shop is predominantly a home decor store stocking sophisticated unusual pieces for every room of the house. On two levels and spanning four rooms, there are items for sale from floor to ceiling which makes for an enjoyable browse. “We pride ourselves” says manager, Liza, “on being unique and a little different from what you would find on the high street”.
What’s for sale?
Whether you’re looking for a striking canvas to make a statement in the hall, a tall vase with artificial flowers or a lamp to liven up a dull corner of the lounge, or even a selection of stylish picture frames to display your holiday photos, this place really does have it all. There is also a good selection of furniture to attract those with larger budgets. With suppliers from all over the world, any taste is catered for here as well as any colour scheme – white washed, distressed wood, chrome, metal or leather – the eclectic feel has something for all. Liza said “we are currently finding exciting new stock from Europe to add a new feel to our shops”.
If you’re looking for a gift, there are items of all prices – candles and holders, ornaments and sculptures, jewellery, bags and scarves. They also stock women’s clothing from Joules, In Wear and Part Two, and have exclusive ‘Lady’s Nights’ throughout the year. These are free ticket events, with local companies catering, and showcase special on-the-night offers. I should imagine these evenings are a roaring success as this is the kind of shop you instantly feel at home in and are never in a rush to leave. Add a glass of wine, something to eat and a wallet full of well earned cash and it’s a perfect recipe for a good outing - with the gleeful rustle of boutique gift bags swaying from your arms on the way home.
Their website is currently under construction and should be available on the above address by the end of April 2012. They have an active Facebook page with exclusive offers, competitions and new stock updates. They don’t offer a mail order service but if a customer comes in with something specific in mind, they will do their best to source it for them. They are open Monday through to Saturday 9 – 5 pm and Sundays 10 – 4pm.