Why this historic mill is fast becoming Grimsby's hidden shopping gem
Steph Legallienne, owner of Steffi Jane Designs (Image: Rick Byrne/GrimsbyLive)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 30 Nov 2018
Haven Mill is thriving once again - and is fast becoming Grimsby's best kept shopping secret.
Tucked away on Garth Lane, this historic waterfront building had been left deserted and empty for years.
Haven Mill independent shops
Now, all of its shop units are occupied and the once-struggling precinct, highlighted as part of our Stop The Rot campaign, is on the rise once again.
Here, business owners at the mill speak about the shops which have brought it back to life.
Haven Mill on Garth Lane, Grimsby, is fast becoming a hidden shopping gem(Image: Rick Byrne / Grimsbylive)
Steffi Jane Designs
Steph Legallienne, from Steffi Jane Designs, sells a range of quirky gifts and crafts unavailable anywhere in North East Lincolnshire.
"I was the very first one in here," she said. "I was on my own for a year. But now it has been brought to life.
"Next door opened in March and then the tattoo parlour opened. It has just sort of grown.
"It has grown into its own little community. It's really nice."
She remembers the Grade II-listed Haven Mill in its hey day in the 1980s, and thinks it is now coming back to becoming a "thriving hub" once again.
She said: "I think it is just something different. It's independent small businesses. People need to come and see what Grimsby has to offer.
"We need encouragement really. We need people to use our independent stores."
Next door, business is going well at Alexander Byron, a baby store packed full of clothing, furniture and pushchairs that owner Tracey Millar describes as a "mini Mothercare".
Tracey Millar, owner of Alexander Byron (Image: Rick Byrne/GrimsbyLive)
She said: "I have got a lot of regular customers coming back all the time. I have got customers who just come and talk to me because there's a nursing chair for feeding and there's a changing area so mums can pop in and change nappies.
"We just get together and have a coffee. It's quite nice really."
Tracey opened up in Haven Mill in March after a year running a stall on Grimsby Market with her husband David.
While David focuses on everyday baby wear, Tracey stocks larger items and specialist smart wear, such as suits and bridesmaid dresses.
Liberty Bell Tattoo Parlour
The newest addition to Haven Mill is Liberty Bell Tattoo Parlour, with its owner Lincoln McKnuckles taking the plunge just a few months ago.
Tattoo artist Hayden Mawer said: "Things are going well. It's nice and busy with people walking through to town.
"Business has definitely picked up since we opened. With the other shops being there as well, it's getting better."
Hayden Mawer, tattooist at Liberty Bell Tattoo Parlour (Image: Rick Byrne/GrimsbyLive)
Originally a flour mill built in the early 1700s, Haven Mill is a remnant of Grimsby's early port before the dock extensions to the north.
As well as the shopping units, it also housed Grinders nightclub, the Tap & Spile pub and The Granary restaurant. These areas have been empty since 2010 and are still up for rent.
Hayden said the next step will be finding a new use for them too.
He said: "I don't know what's happening with the pub. If that opened that would be even better for all of us really.
"It's just to good to see it busy rather than see it empty. Hopefully it will just get busier and busier. The future is looking bright for the whole building."