Fruit Market and fashion boutique is the perfect fit

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Sep 2018

Yet another Hull retailer is preparing to relocate to the city’s bustling Fruit Market as the area continues to thrive.

The latest is Tessies, an independent fashion boutique which has been trading in Newland Avenue for the past nine years.

Owner Nicola Gibbons has decided to make the move to give her room to expand and to become a part of the city’s up and coming creative quarter.

Tessies is preparing to open in Humber Street in 2019

Nicola, originally from Liverpool, moved to Hull 11 years ago. The move into her new store in Humber Street is expected to take place early in 2019 but she is already excited about the opportunities the change of scenery could bring.

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Ms Gibbons said: “We can’t wait to join the Fruit Market community. There’s an arty, creative atmosphere in Humber Street and the businesses aren’t afraid to express themselves or try different things – I’m really looking forward to being part of that.

“I love the vibe of the Fruit Market area and being so close to the water.

“When I first moved to Hull I visited the Marina and couldn’t believe there was so little there at that time. In Liverpool there’s so much going on near the water, so when businesses started popping up around the waterfront I really wanted to be part of it.”

Manager Anna Carter (left) and owner Nicola Gibbons (right) hope to open their new store early in 2019

Tessies was named after Nicola’s grandmother and she says her shop caters for everyone “from students to great grandmas”. They also stock brands that cannot be bought anywhere else in the city, including Daphnea, Daisy Street, Nova and Neon Rose.

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The shop also encourages body confidence in its female clientele and Nicola plans to have motivational messages up on the walls for her customers. She will also be running classes and workshops in the store’s new studio space.

“We want it to be a really welcoming place where people who aren’t very confident can come and try something new,” she said. “My vision is that people will gather together, express themselves in all sorts of different and creative ways and learn something new. We want to be accessible to all.”

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