Stylish Furniture on Harrogate’s Doorstep
Since first opening their doors in 1946, Barker and Stonehouse has become a beacon for quality and stylish furniture to homes across the UK. This year Barker and Stonehouse celebrate their 70th anniversary – that’s a magnificent 70 years creating beautiful spaces in the nation’s homes.
This family business first established in the North-East of England and today the chain now operates 9 large stores across the UK, showcasing a number of designer brands including; Natuzzi, Timothy Oulton, Stressless, Tempur and Ercol. All of these brands can be found a stone’s throw away from Harrogate in Knaresborough.
Knaresborough’s own flagship store opened in St. James Retail Park in 2012 and spans a massive 35,000 sq. ft. The store prides itself as one of the greenest furniture stores in the UK, reputable in its own right for its innovative energy saving systems including a ‘living roof’, low energy heating and a unique lighting system.
Knaresborough store manager Spike Lawson spoke to Harrogate.co.uk about what the store has to offer customers, “We cover a broad spectrum of styles in our Knaresborough store in an array of exciting fabrics and colours Our experienced and knowledgeable sales team are always on hand to help meet our customers’ needs and make their interior choices easier.”
“Our customers have the opportunity to take a break from browsing to contemplate the pieces they have seen in our lovely in-store café; Stanley’s Coffee House. All this and a set of inspirational looks put together by our visual team, makes our store a pleasant and relaxed experience.”
The History of Barker and Stonehouse
Following the end of the Second World War, two ex-RAF men Charles Barker and Alex Stonehouse noticed that the majority of furniture available focused on functionality, with little thought in the way of style. These two men identified this as an opportunity to succeed in their own business venture and the Barker & Stonehouse brand was created.
Eco Friendly Initiatives
Barker & Stonehouse operate the Trees 4 Trees initiative, which aims to both raise awareness of the extensive pressure on the earth’s resources but also provides education to native farmers and landowners in countries from which the wood is sourced. So far, the project had helped nearly 10,000 farmers and planted over half a million trees. Locals are equipped with free seedlings to grow high-value species, including; mahogany, mango and teak.
Visit the Barker and Stonehouse website to find out more about the brand and the newest ranges on offer.