with submitted pix: Ilkley Art Shop

One of Ilkley’s oldest shops is busy making preparations for a second century of trading.

Ilkley’s Art Shop has traded in the town for nearly one hundred years and now with the help of local digital agency Bluehoop, the shop’s owners are gaining customers from throughout the UK and around the world with their new online shop.

Since they were established in 1919, Ilkley’s Art Shop has seen its fair share of retail change but owners Tim and Cath Tennant always take great pride in providing first class customer service.

Tim said: “We have a loyal customer base in Ilkley and our new, prominent shop front on Church Street provides a great advert for anyone driving through Ilkley. Since recently extending the shop we’ve enjoyed a surge in business with lots of new customers coming into the shop.”

Ilkley based web design company, Bluehoop Digital Limited, helped the Art Shop with its new online shop.

Gareth Lisle, director at Bluehoop Digital Limited, said: “We’ve helped a number of small and medium local businesses to attract new business through the internet and when the Art Shop asked us to develop and promote their new online shop, we jumped at the chance to help a fellow local business.”

“Our online shop has opened up a whole new way of trading for us and it’s very exciting to think that the Art Shop has the potential to reach customers anywhere in the world,” added Tim.

The new website can be found at theartshops.co.uk