50 Year Celebrations for Crafts & Things : 1969 – 2019

50 Year Celebrations for Crafts & Things:

The current building housing the shop was at one time a byre for human and animal habitation.

In 1968 it was virtually a ruin with only part of the west facing wall standing and most of the roof missing. It was bought by Tony and Ursula Cooper who had recently moved from Crieff. They rebuilt the ruin and opened “Antiques and Crafts”.

In 1970 the adjacent house was made habitable and a new building created which joined the house and the shop. “Antiques and Crafts” became “Crafts and Things”.  The Ballachulish Bridge opened in 1975 significantly increasing the passing traffic.

In 1982 Tony and Ursula retired and sold the business to their youngest son David.  Kshema joined David in 1986 and together they designed the Coffee Shop.

One of their aspirations was to create a meeting place where locals and visitors alike would feel welcomed and enjoy the ambience. It opened in 1990.

So, 50 years on, and the business is still flourishing, thanks to a lot of hard work, great staff, and local support.


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