2nd – 24th December 2017 – 13 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EQ
There is no doubt about it Christmas is a stressful time. The weather is usually rubbish, we are faced with endless lists of what to do, what to get, when to do it. It can quite overwhelming.
Created in 2015, The Department Store for the Mind was designed to create a space to explore mindful living. Started by Brighton psychologist, Ruth Williams and Sophie Howarth, the aim was to create products that make it simple for us to de-stress, reconnect and remember to seek out moments of lightness and calm. Each item is designed to create more than just the item itself, it is designed to prompt a thought, to help, to explore. Items that are designed to create a deeper human connection.
Those Christmas socks are no longer just a pair of socks, they are a way of giving back.
That beautiful bracelet is not just pretty, it is designed to help you to find calm.
For the first time ever in Brighton they are running a pop-up shop, running from the 2nd – 24th December 2017 at 13 Trafalgar Street.
The store is a space for discovering calm and finding different ways to share a connection this Christmas.
The store is full of wonderful gifts. For example these beautiful mugs that were a collaboration with John-Paul Flintoff. They come as a pair and are designed to inspire honest conversation.
The idea being that as you sit with someone and drink your tea you see words to help provoke interesting thoughtful discussions.
They have worked closely with many illustrators to create beautiful cards. Like these adorable little cards in collaboration with Marc Johns. You can buy them individually or as a box of 16.
There are also these larger cards with some really beautiful illustrations that come in boxes of 12. They have some really lovely and thoughtful messages.
Downstairs in the shop they have created a beautiful space to think. A cosy nook with comfortable chairs and some reading where you can go and take a moment to relax and escape the madness of Christmas shopping.
They offer a free “choco pause” where you can get a free hot chocolate. What I loved most about this area was the little flyer created with Meredith Whitely to help you drink your hot chocolate more mindfully. Step by step taking you through your senses to really unwind, relax and escape.
The shop really does have some wonderful items and is thought provoking. At this time of year it is so easy to forget about mindfulness. When we are running around frantically trying to buy presents, Department Store for the Mind is a beautiful tranquil space for shopping that not only takes care of your shopping, but also your mind.
Be sure to get down to the lovely pop-up shop on 13 Trafalgar Street in December. The last day is 24th December.
Even if you if cannot make it to the shop, take a moment to heck out their Slow Shopping Guide even if you cannot make it to the store.