Ali Lawrence & Lucky
We are Country & Shore ... a homeware and lifestyle store located in the heart of Emsworth,
on the Hampshire & West Sussex border. We had our grand opening in Spring 2021 and despite the trading chaos caused by Coronavirus and government lockdowns, we have quickly built a lovely client-base of locals and holiday-makers alike, who have all made us very welcome.
Opening a retail store has always been a dream of mine as I am passionate about design ideas and really enjoy collating collections for home décor. The name ‘Country & Shore’ came about as I believe Hampshire and West Sussex have the very best of both. The collection I source has connections with the sea and the land and I hope you enjoy finding something beautiful for your home or as a gift.
My vision is to try to source and sell as many natural, organic or ethical products as I can, although at times it can be hard to get past companies ‘green washing’ with fake eco-credentials!
My dog Lucky and I are relatively recent arrivals in Emsworth and have loved settling into our new home, new business and new coastal life. Before arriving here we had moved around a bit. I left Edinburgh, Scotland for Mallorca some years ago and I was looking forward to blue skies and sunshine. However on arriving in the beautiful town of Port Andratx it snowed – the first time in fifty years!
After many happy years living on the island and co-founding a Sixth Form College, sadly I lost my husband to prostate cancer. The shared dream of being on the Island quickly lost its appeal and I returned to the UK. Bouncing through London during COVID, I decided I had to find ‘my new tribe’ I settled on beautiful Emsworth. I was fortunate enough to know the area as my bestie (whom I met at Finishing School many moons ago!) has lived here for over thirty years.
The friendly welcome and kind comments has touched me so much and I am thrilled to building a business and new life in such a vibrant, fun and friendly community.
Hello I am Lucky! My Mum runs the shop, but between you and me, I actually run things around here. Give Mum her due though, she has a pretty good eye for all things interior decor. I know as I keep a beady eye on all the deliveries coming in.
Mum says I need to earn my keep ... so I'll be keeping a regular blog to let you know what I have spotted being unpacked from all the boxes that arrive in our shop, they come from all over the world. These boxes seem to be
full of stuff that she gets very excited about, I'll let you know what I find!