Mum and daughter open new Sunderland vintage shop and tearoom

Family business: Rachel and Kathryn Meadows, in their new shop, Katie's Garden.
Family business: Rachel and Kathryn Meadows, in their new shop, Katie's Garden.
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a MUM and daughter have crafted a new business venture in Sunderland to pass on their passion for creating a new look.

Rachel and Kathryn Meadows have launched Katie’s Garden in their home city, which brings together vintage crafts and a tearoom.

GENERATION GAME: Rachel Meadows and daughter Katie, in their new High Street West, Sunderland, shop Katie's Garden.

GENERATION GAME: Rachel Meadows and daughter Katie, in their new High Street West, Sunderland, shop Katie's Garden.

The venue, in High Street West, will host workshops teaching visitors how to revamp furniture, make seasonal items such as spring wreaths and other activities, with bridal and baby showers also being laid on.

Rachel, 27, will put her seven years of experience as a design and technology teacher in a secondary school to good use, while Kathryn, 54, worked in the floristry trade and is also a keen crafter.

The shop also brings together three generations of the family.

Rachel’s daughter Katie Jacobson’s name graces the business’s name, as well as being inspired by Kathryn’s own title, while Kathryn’s younger daughter Faye Adamson, 21, is volunteering there.

This has been a dream for us for some time.

Rachel Meadows

Rachel, who is also sister to Emily Meadows, 12, said: “This has been a dream for us for some time.

“We both really like modern vintage things and we will be showing people how they can use shabby chic on chairs and other items.

“We realised there was a huge gap in the market for modernised vintage things that people could use and wear today, as well as noticing that all the crafty shops in the area were a bit child-focused.

“So we began planning and creating, focusing on sourcing reclaimed items, trawling charity shops and vintage events and recycling wherever possible to create one off things at affordable costs.

“We wanted to show people that vintage does not necessarily mean expensive and that actually having a go yourself can be fun and useful, as you can make what you like when you know how.

“We seemed to arrive at the right time and place out of nowhere and suddenly we realised that it was now or never, so we bravely took a gamble and have never looked back since

“Together my mum and I wanted to create a space where people from all backgrounds, abilities and walks of life could be taught, learn and most importantly have fun creating and buying beautiful modern vintage things.

“We are really grateful for all the support and hard work of our friends and family in the run up to the launch.”

The women will be supporting a host of local charities as they source items to revamp.

Rachel, who has been given the support of fiancé Craig Lumley, 30, specialises in vintage fashions.

She will lead paint workshops, textiles and paper crafts, and will also help couples due to wed and others hosting events with their designs.

In addition to her expertise with flowers, costume design specialist Kathryn will help guests with vintage pattern making, textile and material crafts and painting.