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Is Thomas Goode a sleeping giant of British retail?
August 31, 2018 | Financial Times | by Horatia Harrod.

200 year old Thomas Goode & Co is a homewares powerhouse.... Outfitted in morning suits, the staff — many of whom have worked at Thomas Goode for more than two decades — are solicitous and impeccably well-informed. There’s only one thing lacking. Customers....Johnny Sandelson, is the property entrepreneur who acquired the store for an undisclosed amount in July 2018. .....Sandelson has set himself the task of waking the company up — and it’s going to take more than just turning on the lights. What is required is a 21st-century overhaul....Thomas Goode sells more over the phone than it does online, for the simple reason it has no ecommerce platform. Some 40 per cent of its £5m in annual sales comes from special orders — a loyal client outfitting their new yacht or private jet — but oligarchs alone are unlikely to keep the business afloat....The plan, Sandelson says, is to democratise. “Fortnums did it, Smythson did it. Those great British brands reinvented themselves to become relevant to the affluent middle classes, but Thomas Goode didn’t.”.......Sandelson hopes that, in an age of experiential retail, the shop’s peerless service will entice a new generation of customers. He’s also eyeing up collaborations to reach those for whom the Thomas Goode name has little resonance.......Parts of the business that had lain dormant are to be revived, with an injection of £10m-£15m in investment. There’s a voluminous archive to be mined for designs, and production of tableware in the Thomas Goode name is being restarted at factories in Stoke-on-Trent......Sandelson is committed to a revival. “We’re unashamedly proud of our British heritage and our British brand,” he says. “To honour that, you have to be involved with a very high standard of manufacturing in Britain. There would be cheaper ways of going about things, but the British way stands for quality. Stoke-on-Trent has been producing beautiful plates for 200 years. So it works for us.”....Almost inevitably, the top floors of the South Audley Street flagship are to be turned into luxury flats. “Will we be able to afford a shop of this scale in the coming years?” says Sandelson. “I think the brand is bigger than the premises. I’m pursuing the dream on the basis that the building will be developed over time and we’ll hope to have a space within it.”
21st._century  brands  commercial_real_estate  entrepreneur  experiential_marketing  gift_ideas  heritage  history  homewares  London  luxury  middle_class  property_development  real_estate  retailers  restorations  revitalization  turnarounds  United_Kingdom  Victorian 
september 2018 by jerryking
Bringing Toronto’s Don River back from the dead - The Globe and Mail
ROY MACGREGOR
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley by Jennifer Bonnell.
parks  Don_River  revitalization  ravines  Toronto  books  restorations  environment 
august 2016 by jerryking
The next stop: An interactive trip through Union Station's $1-billion transformation - The Globe and Mail
Oliver Moore, Alisa Mamak, Tonia Cowan and Stuart A. Thompson

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Aug. 12 2013
restorations  TTC  transit  renovations  Union_Station  terminals  railways 
august 2013 by jerryking
Bringing Our Foreign Policy Home -
August 8, 2011 | Council on Foreign Relations | by Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Richard_Haass  U.S.foreign_policy  restorations 
august 2011 by jerryking
Miracles of Resurrection
May 29, 2007 | Wall Street Journal| Joanne Kauffman
Retrospective by Donald Samick, head of J & R Lamb Studios, the
oldest continuously operating ecclesiastical art and stained glass
concern in the U.S. Lam was 150 yrs old in 2007.
preservation  History  design  architecture  restorations  Joanne_Kauffman  glass 
april 2009 by jerryking

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