Ollie Vee’s in Leighton Buzzard, my favourite vintage shop in the world, recently opened a coffee bar downstairs. Jonny Valentine – another piece of the shop furniture – and I were at first worried we’d have to start paying for tea. And we do – it’s £1.20 a cup. But to be fair we’d had a lot of free tea and biscuits over the years.
Owner Billie wanted to recreate the feel of a 1960s London coffee bar and the bright yellow and black fittings definitely take us back nearly 50 years. My favourite detail is the great drinks menu hanging behind Jourdon. It’s actually 2D.
I used to drink tea on the comfy stool in the changing room. Now we have some really cool vintage tables and chairs. Oh, and on the floor are old film posters varnished on the concrete.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the shop today… stuff like Fork Candles…