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Betty Blue Hat

Following on from Monday’s post, we thought we’d do a close up on one of the shops featured on the Vintage Walking Map: Betty Blue Hat.

The shop is no 9 on the map and is located upstairs here at Loveone.

Jess Bradley, owner of Betty Blue Hat has been instrumental alongside Cathy in bringing the Vintage Map to Ipswich. She is even the talented lady who drew and designed it! So today we thought we’d interview Jess and get her to tell us a bit more about Betty Blue Hat.


 Upstairs Loveone


How would you describe Betty Blue Hat?

Seller of all manner of vintage and retro furniture and homeware.




How did Betty Blue Hat come about?

I’ve always had a fascination with 1950s/60s homeware and design, and had collected pieces for myself for over 15 years. The time came when it seemed only natural to try and turn my passion into a business. I started with a few local vintage markets to test the water, and after about 12 months an opportunity came along to join Cathy at Loveone…which I jumped at! It meant I could grow the business and I’ve been upstairs for 18 months now.


Storage stool


How do you search for items/ what’s your selection criteria?

I search many different places, carboots and junk shops are my favourite but I do go to auctions and am lucky enough to have people approach me via the shop.

I think I have refined what I am looking for over the last 18 months of being at Loveone. I am getting to know my customer and learning what sells and what doesn’t! There is a lot of vintage out there, and the hardest part is learning what not to buy! But the main criteria I go by when I source items for the shop is that I have to love it myself.

 70s smoke grey glassware


What would be your ultimate vintage find?

That’s a tough one…but I would say any ceramic piece by Stig Lindberg.

 Stig Lindberg vases


What’s your favourite piece in the shop currently and why?

I think it has to be the framed artwork I’m making from illustrative tiles from a vintage child’s game…it’s nice to be doing something a bit different, I’m usually working on furniture so this makes a nice change.


Vintage game artwork


Thanks so much to Jess for being today’s interviewee!


Betty Blue Hat is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

You can also find them online at where even more vintage gems can be found, especially larger furniture items. The website also includes details of upcoming markets which Betty Blue Hat will be attending. Plus details of Betty Blue Hat’s vintage china and glass hire – perfect for creating that memorable event.

Or if you are looking for something vintage in particular then give Betty Blue Hat a call on 07766 306990 and they will do their best to find it for you.


Do you have a passion for Vintage?

In November 2012 Loveone and Betty Blue Hat produced the first Vintage Shopping Map of Ipswich. The map has a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered including books, records, homeware, fashion and food.


MapFront MapRear


Loveone has always championed the quirky and eclectic and has dabbled with vintage and retro products for a while now. Most notably by joining forces with I Make Fun Stuff and bringing the Vintage and Craft Markets to our Street and recently to the Town Hall. For the last 18 months Betty Blue Hat Vintage has been in residence upstairs at Loveone, offering a great range of homeware and kitchenalia.


Loveone was involved in a similar project about 3 years earlier with a map to promote independent business in the town. It proved a very successful way of linking the small business community in view of the pressures now facing retail.


The Vintage map came about as it was becoming more and more obvious to Jessica Bradley (Betty Blue Hat) and Loveone’s owner Cathy that there were a number of great little businesses popping up within the town, offering products and services that were either vintage or retro inspired. Many of them are our neighbours on St Peters Street but some you really need to search for…hence the map was born.


 Map out front

Photo thanks to Alex Potter Photography


So we suggest invite a friend and make a day of it (just like Cathy and Jess are doing above!) Start at either end of the town with your map in hand.

There are 3 refreshment stops on the way:

Arlingtons – a café with a french Twist housed in the original Ipswich Museum

Snobs Coffee – an independent pop up in Galleryone of the Town Hall

The Tea Boutique on St Nicholas Street for a traditional afternoon tea.

For the best vintage fashion head to Fairweather Vintage which also offers an In House Tailoring service.

fariweather vintage


Wander down St Peter’s street and you will find some of Loveone’s neighbours including:

Claude Cox – rare and vintage books,

 claude cox


Myrtle and Mint – beautiful florist inspired by English country gardens

murtle and mint


And Mauds Attic  – if you like a good old browse, this really is a treasure trove of delight!


One of Cathy’s favourite stops on the map is Out of Time Records on Fore Street. It has been serving the world with vinyl and cds for 25 years, making it the perfect place to replace or revisit your vinyl memories.


This map has proved as successful as the earlier maps and has been a great way of getting the local business community to pull together.

It will be reprinted very soon with some new editions including a new independent coffee shop and a vintage hairdresser.

The maps are available from all the shops on the map, The Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.

We will be walking the map in May to celebrate National Walking Month so watch this space for further reports and news.

Keep walking and keep shopping!




Chirpedy Chirp

Looking for an unusual Spring Gift for someone special? Whatever the occasion – whether it be a Birthday, a house warming, a thank you, a treat for yourself  – we will have something Spring like for you. Plus it’s definitely not too late to pick something up for Easter – so wrap up warm and call in. Alternatively check out our favourite suggestions below and give us a call on: 07711 517787. Then just like the Easter Bunny we will bring the gift to you!

By choosing a gift from Loveone, you will be guaranteed an unusual and well thought out gift. So don’t delay.

Our current Spring favourites:



 Look at all these cuddly Jellycat Bunnies waiting to go to a new home. How can you resist? Prices £4.99 for babies, £9.99 for small and £14.50 for medium. These supersoft and extra cuddly Bunnies will make a great present for children or young at heart adults.

Plus we also have in stock Jellycat Kenny the Cockerel or Tiggalope sheep. Do you know someone who could give them a loving home?



 As featured in this months Elle Decoration Magazine, check out these retro small blue vases. Yours for only £7.99 each. A great and unusual Keepsake gift. We liked them so much we even brought some ourselves.



Very Spring like is the range of homeware and prints from Cluck Cluck. These distinctive yet classic items feature hens, cockerels, pheasants and other birds. The mugs featured above are a snip at £13.99. Scroll down into our Blog history to learn about about our stock availability of this charming range.



Keen to add a splash of colour to a room? Then choose one of these original Biscuit cushions from talented designer/maker Nikki McWilliams. Price £34.



As Cathy said in Monday’s Blog, its time to put away those winter scents and replace them with an lighter fragrance of spring and summer.  These True Grace candles will soon have you dreaming of warm hazy days  – despite the weather outside! Prices start from £14.



Finally we couldn’t resist including these vintage egg cups from upstairs at Betty Blue Hat. Perfect for enjoying real or chocolate eggs!



p.s  The Simple Things lifestyle magazine is now in stock at Loveone.  This latest edition is jam packed with articles on food, travel, interiors, gardening and well being. A great read for the Easter weekend whilst tucking into those Hot Cross Buns.



Sunday 17th March Indoor Market

This Sunday in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff we will be bringing an Indoor Market to the Town Hall in Ipswich. To say we are excited is an understatement!



Do not miss this – with over 50 stalls from the regions talented artists and designers. It will be shopping heaven!

Entry is free and stalls will be there from 10am – 4pm.

The very exciting and unusual thing is – we have divided the market into two. There will be a Vintage Market selling anything Vintage from clothes, homeware, accessories and artwork which can be found in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. Plus a craft market which will be full of lovely and unusual crafts – this will be in the Great Hall of the Corn Exchange. There will be so much to see – make sure you allow plenty of time :-)




To give you a sneak preview – here are some of the great names which you can expect to find:

Betty Blue Hat – vintage retro furniture and homeware

Eclectic Eccentricity – EE go offline by bringing their online jewellery boutique specialising in vintage jewellery to the market

Anna Burbidge – Textile Designer/Illustrator creating prints for fashion and interiors

Holly Trill – illustrations, jewellery and stationery

Lovertron- unique, handmade statement jewellery, textiles and accessories

House of Handmade – vintage fashion accessories

Fairweather Vintage – local vintage shop!

Polly’s Textiles – hand printed and handmade accessories and homewares

Plus many many more fantastic names. Some will be favourites from our St Peter’s Street Markets and others will be showcasing for the first time.




As usual with our markets – you can guarantee everything will be ‘Handmade and Timeless’. So if you like a bit of quirk and are looking for a fun day out come across to the Town Hall. Come rain or shine we will be there and happy indoors!




The indoor market is part of the ‘Access all arts events’ being held monthly at the Town Hall. This means there will be lots of other activities happening on the day such as; poetry readings, art exhibitions and a business music workshop.

You will also find Jenny Wrens Yarns, who will be holding a Big Blanket Sew up Day in aid of Breakthrough for Breast Cancer. All are welcome to join in.

This indoor market promises to be a great start to the year. Watch this space for info later in the year about the St Peter’s Street outdoor market.




xx p.s Check out Sam Barker’s photographic exhibition @ Galleryone in the Town Hall from tomorrow. More to follow on Sam in a future Blog.

Mmmmmm Coffee

Imagine my delight when Cathy suggested we write today’s Blog about one of her favourite coffee shops in Ipswich: Snobs Coffee. I had never been to Snobs Coffee before, but I do love my coffee so was looking forward to trying somewhere new. I never expected to come away so in love with a place and its coffee and immediately texted my friends to ask why we had never been!




Snobs Coffee is all about providing great tasting coffee. Its unique because everything is sourced locally – the coffee beans, the blend of coffee, even the milk. Alongside your coffee – try one of their heavenly cakes (again all produced locally) It even has a great new chef who rustles up their very tasty lunches – making it the perfect place to meet friends, or have a bit of personal restbite. It is the type of place which appeals to a wide mixture of ages. It is child friendly and has a really relaxed ambience.


Snobs Coffee is the creation of friends Abby Curtis and Steph Larkin, who started selling their blend of local coffee at farmers markets about a year ago. It has now been resident at the Town Hall for about 8 months (following its success at the Switch Fringe Festival), making it the first pop up cafe for the county.

Located in Galleryone (basically just head up the townhall steps and then go straight!), Snobs Coffee offers customers a large open space – tables are well spaced apart and so you definitely aren’t subjected to other peoples conversations! It is also really light – thanks to the glass domed roof which reminds people what a historical building they are in. It is decked out in a colourful array of retro vintage furniture which is supplied by Betty Blue Hat. In the majority of cases, the furniture can be brought – so customers really can try before they buy!




As well as housing Snobs Coffee, Galleryone also provides art space for local artists and designers. In a collaboration between ourselves, Ipswich Borough Council, Atrium Studios and Snobs Coffee there is a mixture of styles which is regularly updated. If you are interested in showcasing your work on the Loveone wall – then please drop Cathy an email.


Snobs is open Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4.45pm. It stays open until 9pm on Fridays when it hosts DJ’s and open mic nights. It is also licensed for these evenings.

For more information on Snobs Coffee, check out their website: or find them on facebook



Our House

For today’s Blog, we thought we’d talk about the place that Loveone calls home: 21 St Peter’s Street.

shop front

Loveone lives in a 16th century timber framed building, probably dating from the time of Thomas Wolsey. Like us the building is a bit quirky! It wasn’t purpose built or an empty box for us simply to put our mark to. Instead the floor boards creak, the walls aren’t straight and allegedly we have a ghost living in the cellar! The belief is it started out as a butchers or was part of the Abbey (now St Peter’s Church). We know this because in May 2010, Cathy put her foot through the floor and the builder repairing it found animal bones in the earth under the floor :-/

Over its many years of life – it has pretty much been everything : an antiques shop, bakery, hairdressers, florist – whatever you name it has probably been. But for the last 6 years it has been our lovely home and we couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. Cathy loves that the building has such a sense of History, although she does admit the wonky walls were a bit frustrating when she first moved in and couldn’t get anything to hang to them. However it is a skill she has now well mastered!


So now you know our history, it is time for a quick tour of our House:

The front of the shop is very much our gift zone. Customers can come in and quickly find something to suit any occasion or person.

The middle of the shop is our local artisan area. But sssshhh just to let you into a secret – due to popular demand, it will also soon be where customers can find our new homeware area. We are soooo very excited about the return of homeware to Loveone and will keep you updated on timings.

At the back of the shop, you will find Jenny Wren’s Yarns. They have a wonderful selection of knitting and crochet yarns, plus patterns, needles, buttons and other accessories.

BBH Upstairs is home to Betty Blue Hat. There you will find a vast array of Vintage Furniture, crockery, glassware, lampstands and many other types of retro Homeware. If you can’t find what you are looking for – they will even track it down for you!


So that is our lovely house, but we just want to say a few words about the street. Like us, the other buildings in the street all have a story to tell. Come and have a walk round St Peter’s street and St Nicholas street (in the area known as the Saints)– there are lots of really beautiful old buildings and you will find lots of other interesting independent traders which are artisan led. St Peter’s Street is also home to regular vintage and craft markets which Loveone run in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff. Promoting the Saints, is something which Cathy and Loveone are very passionate about and so watch this space for further Blogs.



xx p.s. have you checked out the latest edition of Vanilla Magazine? If not, then come in and get your free copy. Inside you will find some extra Loveone Valentines Gifts suggestions!


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Dates for your diary
  • Now - Victoria Hall Exhibition @ Galleryone until 27/4
  • 10/05 Vintage Vinyl Night @ Snobs Coffee
  • 24/05 Clothes Swish @ Galleryone
  • 19/05 Access all Arts @ Town Hall
  • 23/06 - St Peter's Street Summer Market
  • 17/11 - St Peter's Street Festive Street Market
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