This week we spoke to Steven, of family run local business The Dragons Gallery, to ask a few questions about his shop. The Dragons Gallery have been a staple of The Arcade for a long time now, selling all manner of crystals, fossils, and new age/spiritual gifts. People travel from all over the country to visit this little gem of a shop, so read on to find out a little bit more...
1. How long have you been at The Arcade?
2. How did you come up with the idea for your shop?
I started selling fantasy art online and then I went to shows and fairs, selling art and a few crystals. As I did more shows I added to my range of crystals and then I added the fossils. 7 years ago I gave up my full time job and got a stall in a local market, the range of stock got bigger and bigger so we moved to a shop where I now work with my wife, daughter and son.
Have you always been interested in crystals, fossils and tarot?
I have always loved nature and the beauty of the earth and in my late thirties I became less interested in material wealth and more interested in spiritual wealth.
What services do you provide?
We sell crystals, fossils, books, tarot and spiritual items from lots of different belief structures. Our aim is to help people find crystals and spiritual items that they can afford as many similar retailers set prices far too high for the average person.
How do you choose which artists’ work to display in your shop?
I just go with what feels right.
What is your favourite item in the shop currently?
I love all the items in my shop but the huge meditating Buddha is really cool as its almost life sized.
Can you tell us why you are the best shop of your kind in Bristol?
We have some of the best prices in the UK, we love what we do and really do care about helping our customers.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you think of Bristol.
I'm a Bristolian. There is good and bad in every city but in surveys Bristol is constantly being voted as the friendliest and most helpful city in the UK. My shop gives me the opportunity to meet some of these people.
What is your favourite shop in the Arcade (not allowed to say your own!) and why?
Times Past Sweets. They have similar ethics to myself and are truly lovely people with truly lovely sweets.
Sum up your shop in one sentence.
Crystals and new age gifts at fantastic prices, where customers are treated like real people and not a way to get money.
You can visit The Dragons Gallery in The Arcade,
Or give them a call on 07881 853290