The countdown is on to the "Grand Launch Weekend" at David Goldie's Town & Country Clothing store at 4/6, High Street, Skipton.
The flagship retail shop, housed in a historic Grade 2 listed building at the top of the High Street, is being transformed through a major extension project, which will be officially unveiled over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3.
Customers old and new are in for a real treat, with tours of the newly-extended shop, product demonstrations, special offers and giveaways all lined up to make it an occasion to remember.
The shop will be open as normal on Saturday, October 2, between 9am and 5.30pm. On the Sunday - opening times 11am to 4pm - it will be "Chocoholics Day," including some mouthwatering offerings from David Goldie employee and master chocolate cake baker Michael Byrne, plus a selection of freshly-brewed coffees from around the world, along with cheese and wine tastings.
The Grand Launch Weekend will culminate on the Sunday afternoon, when a free-to-enter draw will be made to determine the winners of 40 glorious prizes - all town and country clothing products donated by David Goldie's renowned suppliers.
The total prize fund is already worth £3,000 - and growing. The sparkling prize list includes Barbour Men's & Ladies Jackets, Sasta Men's Huhta Jacket, Tenson Ladies Down Jacket, Chevalier Midland Classic Coat, Musto Ladies Fleece, Driza-bone full length coat & hat, Gloverall Child's Duffle Coat, Padders Men's & Ladies Shoes, Le Chameau Men's & Ladies Wellingtons, Hunter and Aigle Wellingtons.
Entry into the competition couldn't be simpler. Full details and an entry form are contained in the launch issue of David Goldie's new customer newsletter, now available in the shop. It also features details of the opening celebrations, plus news about the history of the famous business, its people and products. Why not pick up a copy and enter now.
The new extension scheme at David Goldie's is all set to create a town and countrywear oasis right in the centre of Skipton. The forward-looking project will provide an additional 700sq ft of retailing space and allow the business to trade over two floors, as opposed to three at present, with dedicated departments for men and women's clothing, footwear and men's formal hire. It will allow the business to more effectively display and increase already comprehensive stock levels.
David Goldie established his Skipton shop in 1976, moving to his present premises in 1981. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the town centre's best-known family-run town and country clothing ventures, with a fast-growing band of regular customers and many others who visit on word-of-mouth recommendations.
In June this year, David Goldie became the first independent retailer of outdoor clothing in North Yorkshire to gain prestigious Investors in People recognition. "We are intensely proud of this achievement, which clearly recognises our across-the-board standards of excellence," enthuses David.
He explains: "We now cater for people who both live and work in the countryside or undertake country pursuits such as fishing, shooting, riding and walking. In addition, we also offer an extensive range of all-weather clothing for general outdoor activities such as dog walking and watching sport, where effective protection from the elements is required.
"Customer service is all-important to us. We are trying to create a friendly, efficient and helpful atmosphere where people can come in and feel relaxed immediately. All our staff are well equipped to talk to customers and give them expert advice and guidance about individual products."
The canalside garden at the rear of the shop will also become a haven for wildlife - and dog owners. This forms an integral part of the extension scheme and involves beneficial planting and natural habitat creation to attract wildlife, including nesting opportunities.
David comments: "We are trying to make the garden more visually pleasing and also attract inner town wildlife. It will also provide a very nice environment for our customers.
"A sitting-out area is being incorporated, along with a testing bed for footwear so that customers can try out walking shoes and boots for fit and grip on a variety of surfaces. In addition, it will allow people to try on various items of clothing in a natural external environment.
"Dog owners are increasingly using the shop to buy dog walking clothes and footwear and they and their pets will be well catered for, with staging posts and dog bowls provided in the garden.
"We are confident that this latest expansion project will cement our reputation as one of the north's leading suppliers of town and country clothing."