Vintage business moves in to to Fruit Market

Vintage upcycling business Plant & Paint is set to move into Hull’s Fruit Market district.

Owner Lara Roberts, who originally named the business Roberts’ Vintage Home, has been upcycling decorative furniture and selling it online for the past five years from the Hull Microfirms centre in Wincolmlee.

The new retail unit on Humber Street will open in early summer, offering trademarked Chalk Paint and wax products by Annie Sloan as well as a hand painting service.

The business will open in 24 Humber Street, one of four new-build units.

It’s the fifth independent venture to open in Humber Street this year, after the area was transformed by Wykeland Beal, the regeneration company formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, as part of The Fruit Market LLP joint venture with Hull City Council.

Lara said: “I was inspired to move when I went to the launch night of Tessies boutique in Humber Street a couple of months ago. The amazing atmosphere of the area and the light, airy space just sealed the deal for me. Within a few days I was looking at a brand new unit, right next door to Tessies!

“Becoming an official Annie Sloan stockist a year ago has given the business a big boost and made me realise it was the right time to open a shop. It will be a new experience to have passing trade and footfall – I’m quite difficult to find at the moment!”

Tom Watson, development surveyor for Wykeland, speaking on behalf of Wykeland Beal, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Lara as the latest local business owner to choose the Fruit Market as the perfect place to invest and expand.

“As well as bringing another new retail element to Humber Street, Lara will be passing on her skills by hosting classes and workshops and contributing to the spirit of creativity and collaboration that makes the Fruit Market so unique.”