Savvy shoppers searching for hidden gems and unique vintage items are in for a treat at Tŷ Hafan’s new boutique store in Cardiff’s Royal Arcade.
A dazzling array of designer bargains, vintage treasures and high-street must-haves fill the charity’s exciting new store – Emporium – in the popular shopping arcade located between St Mary Street and the Hayes.
This is the charity’s third boutique store following the huge success of Tŷ Hafan’s range of Emporium shops in the picturesque market towns of Cowbridge and Abergavenny.
Tŷ Hafan – the hospice for children in Wales – has also recently been awarded Retail Business of the Year at the South Wales Business Awards, having been the only charity shortlisted for the accolade.
Matt Williams, Tŷ Hafan’s Retail General Manager, said: “The beauty of charity shops is the unique eclecticism and the excitement that comes with discovering a real hidden gem.
“It’s thanks to the generosity of our supporters having donated such high-quality items that we are able to open our third boutique store which, like all of our 31 shops, will make such a difference to life-limited children and their families from across Wales.
“We are incredibly excited to be opening our third Emporium store in such a stunning and sought-after location and we really hope shoppers looking for statement-pieces stop by for a visit as they are sure to find some real treasures.”
The shop will stock high-quality women’s and men’s clothes, art-deco accessories, vintage homeware and vinyl records.
Designer items at affordable prices will also be a regular feature at the city centre shop. Manolo Bhlanik shoes donated by the charity’s Ambassador, Lucy Owen, is an example of the kind of luxury items available at the store.
A special 17-year-old with a love for music and film will be opening the boutique charity shop at 12pm on Friday 9 October.
Outgoing Victoria Godwin from Whitchurch was referred to Tŷ Hafan’s services when she was 11 years old.
Victoria was born with Down’s Syndrome and at the age of sixteen months old she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, for which she underwent successful chemotherapy.
However, the chemotherapy left her with Dilated Cardiomyopathy – a severe heart condition which means she tires very easily and sometimes needs a wheelchair to get around.
Her mum, Nina, said: “Tŷ Hafan started helping us as a time when we were at our lowest. Victoria, who was 11 at the time, was too ill to go to school so Tŷ Hafan supported us with music and play therapy at home and have been there for our family ever since.
“Victoria loves staying at a Tŷ Hafan and has made some great friends, including her best friend, Kate, who also uses the service.
“It gives her a chance to have her own independence and she is able to enjoy time away to do normal teenager things.”
Victoria added: “I love Tŷ Hafan because I can have sleepovers with my friends and we have lots of laughs and fun.”
Sadly, Victoria’s heart condition is incurable and doctors are unable to predict what will happen in the future.
“We just live day by day and try and make life as comfortable and as happy as possible for Victoria,” said Nina.
“She is such a character. She is really sociable and likes being around people. She’s a lovely singer and tells some very funny jokes at times!”
And Victoria is looking forward to being the star of the show at the grand opening of Tŷ Hafan’s 31st shop.
“She is looking forward to it and it’s lovely to know her picture will be displayed in the shop and I’m sure she will be very excited on the day,” said Nina.
Tŷ Hafan has supported more than 600 children expected to die in childhood since its inception in 1999. It takes its support into the heart of the family home and is there for families through every step of their unimaginable journey.