Gazette teams up with retro store to give away special prizes

Karen and Paul Scrimshaw at Marilyn and Melorse with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Hamper.

Karen and Paul Scrimshaw at Marilyn and Melorse with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Hamper.

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It may have started by accident, but an Alnwick shop has gone from strength to strength since opening two years ago.

Marilyn and Melrose, headed up by husband and wife team Paul and Karen Scrimshaw, marked its second birthday towards the end of the summer.

The store, which moved to Narrowgate after starting on Bow Alley in 2012, sells vintage, retro and antique furniture.

It stocks Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and runs upcycling workshops to breathe new life into furniture. The classes are accredited by Sloan herself, one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of decorative painting.

Not only has it proved a winning business model, it has also been the perfect tonic for the pair.

Karen said: “The shop came about by accident, rather than design, but having experienced many years with ongoing health problems, this was an opportunity for me to put some of my skills to use. Working in a creative way is really therapeutic,

“Paul has had his share of health scares, but doing something that he loves has proved to be the best medicine of all.”

The pair are passionate about what they do and have been trained by Annie Sloan to run her workshops.

They have teamed up with the Gazette to give away an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Hamper, worth £85, plus an Annie Sloan techniques workshop. A runner-up will win a techniques workshop. To enter, buy this week’s Northumberland Gazette, answer a simple question and send in an entry form – it’s as simple as that!