New Skinny Hippo Craft Shop

October 27, 2010

Skinny Hippo
Skinny Hippo has opened where cherries used to be in Bath Street. The shop offers a mixture of gifts including some fair trade and some made from recycled material.
Skinny Hippo
There is also a craft area where children of any age can create, and plenty of room for a children’s party. I think when they were trying to think of a name for the shop – as a family – one of the children drew a particularly scrawny looking hippopotamus … Skinny Hippo!

On Sunday there will be an opening eventĀ  starting at 11 ending about 4.

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21 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Man about town  |  October 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Alas, another shop in Abingdon that is of no use to me. What I want is real shops that stock what I need to buy, not fancy flim-flam garbage.

  • 2. Abingdon shops  |  October 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I tend to agree I am afraid, what Abingdon really needs, is Greengrocers/butchers. I cannot get small quantities of meat in Abingdon. In Oxford Covered Market I get all my meat/groceries. Cannot eat supermarket meat at all I am afraid.

  • 3. Secret Squirrel  |  October 28, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Hedges sell meat from their hatch… its a bit pricey but very good quality… Oh for a greengrocers though!

  • 4. doozer  |  October 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I’d thought for a while that a ‘butchers and bakers and candlestick makers’ etc could have all been ‘inside’ Woolworths…in the style of a permenant ‘indoor market’. I quite agree that some ‘grocery’ shops would be good in a “market” town…. I am sure that the relevant councillors are hot on the case – as they have been for a number of years in Abingdon, so i believe.

    Having said that, good luck to Skinny Hippo..long may they prosper.

  • 5. foodshopper  |  October 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I too want a butcher and greengrocer. I mentioned it to Woodlands butcher in Kidlington and he said he tried to but just could’t afford the rent. Shouldn’t there be a subsidy for such an important small business. I am so fed up with supermarkets selling halal meat without labelling etc. I don’t trust them anymore.

  • 6. mooncalf  |  October 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I think it looks like a really cute shop. I look forward to popping in on Sunday for a look round.

  • 7. Isabel  |  October 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Bring back the days of Mac Fisheries, Dewhurst/Clays the Butchers and Gerrards the fruiterers, all withing walking distance of the precinct. They were the days!!

  • 8. the color climax corporation  |  October 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    there’s an idea – turn the old woolies into an indoor market of sorts with booths to rent – there’s one in kingsheath in birmingham i sometimes visit.

  • 9. caroline Patto  |  October 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Once upon a time there were plenty of butchers and bakers….if they had been supported, they would be here still…..we now have a town full of pound shops and charity shops, At Skinny Hippo, we offer creative ideas for children, and Lovely gifts, for everyone, we think anyone who comes in will be pleasantly surprised, and very welcome, we will never please everyone, but will certainly do our best. We will unfortunately never sell sausages!!!!!

  • 10. This Charming Man  |  October 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I like the sound of this Skinny Hippo.

    Do they sell them sliced or in 500g packs?

  • 11. doozer  |  October 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Caroline…I couldn’t agree more. If the local councils supported their local shops and businesses more they would indeed have survived and if they changed tack now and chose to start supporting them now it may bring even more back to towns like Abingdon, or encourage even more forethinking people such as yourself to give it a go and do your/their bit to encourage poeple back to Town. Well done you for opening up, I wish you every success for the future. I hope to use your shop in the not too distant future… Out of interest, did you get any support from the various councils as way of encouragment to open?

  • 12. Nick Webster  |  November 1, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hedges sells excellent quality meat, far better than Dewhirst. You have several excellent markets (a new one has just opened) selling both meat (try the Dexter beef) and Veg. Patisserie Pascal sells the finest cakes and bread. Alternative, the aware winning Abingdon based De Gustibus bakery sells out of Added Ingredients and Local Roots. Just get out there and support your local markets and they will continue to flourish.

  • 13. Neil  |  November 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Local Councils have no power to pick and choose which shops open and which don’t.

    The Town Council has supported the markets, and, with the Choose Abingdon Partnership, are trying to encourage more.

    There are far fewer greengrocers and butchers nowadays because the vast majority of people buy these goods from supermarkets. I may not like this, but it is just the way it is.

    There are several shops in Abingdon town centre from which you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

    This shop looks to me like a good addition to what is already avaialble in town.

  • 14. Natalie Butler  |  November 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I think it’s great that we have new shops like this opening in Abingdon. Abingdon is getting left behind every other town in the county (ie Witney) because of the lack of good shops coming to the town. We have endless charity, everything for a pound and card and calendar shops. It makes a change to get something of quality in the town as it rightly deserves.

    I will definitely be supporting this new shop, please ignore the negativity and continue to draw in new customers. I will be spreading the word.

  • 15. skinny Hippo  |  December 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Nice to hear some positive comments, Thanks so much, nice to have your support!…..we now have some painting parties and a ladies painting evening under our belt, and bookings coming in for the new year, so ,so far so good!!…. Stained Glass classes coming in January ( second sunday each month)…and lots more to come, watch this space…..Long live the Hippo!!!!!

  • 16. skinny Hippo  |  January 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Hello from Skinny Hippo…..Just to let you know that we are holding a ’stained glass’ course on Sunday 13th Feb, and also we are now also having Jewellery workshops and parties, with Jennifer Claire, and Tiara parties, which I know my daughter is planning for her Birthday!! hoping to have lots of activities in the half term hols………so watch this space!!!!

  • 17. Woman from Abingdon  |  February 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Skinny Hippo.., what a lovely name! I will be visiting soon, glad to see a shop opening with such originallity! I wish you prosperity, all my best wishes.

  • 18. Martin  |  February 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Yes it would be nice to go back to the days of Ronnie Barker and open all hours…. sadly those days have gone.. there are small independant buchers around, we have an exelent one in Harwell.. Bobs… If the people that are moaning now supported these people in the past they would still be there.. See you in Tescos

  • 19. amanda  |  March 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    a good shop for the children my little boy loved it, many great gift ideas and really friendly helpful staff. i defo will be going back

  • 20. skinny Hippo  |  March 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks Amanda, for your lovely comment, we hope that everyone will have a pleasant experience just as you did !!
    (please can we not mention Butchers or Bakers on here anymore!!!!) we now have a Bead Bar, and are holding some workshops for Mothers and Daughters…..for Mothers Day…see our website or facebook for dates…… , we have a Ladies evening this week, and Four childrens parties this weekend, so word seems to be getting around……come and see us, we promise you a warm welcome!!

  • 21. Erica  |  March 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    What a lovely shop!!!! I’ve been there with my son and the staff were extremely friendly! There are many good ideas for presents,etc. I’ll be back for sure! Keep on the good work!

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