The sun is shining April 09 2015
Maybe it's because I spent four years in Australia recently but to me, this winter seem to drag on and on. It was as if Spring would never arrive! Don't you agree? But, finally, in this past week the sun has shone and warmed our cockles.
The Easter holiday period is always welcome and a chance to say hello to our beloved customers as they boldly venture south in search of fine weather and a cornish pasty. Great to see them.
Our Fore Street shop in Newquay re-opened at the end of March having undergone another refurbishment. I must say, the feedback is that it's never looked better at age thirty. We've re-introduced some mechanical parrots and monkeys to sit amongst the palm trees and make you jump when they start to move. I have to say the kids love them.
All four of our cornish shops are open seven days a week from now on so we'd love to see you sometime.
Enjoy the fine weather. While it lasts.
New year, new beginnings February 11 2015
Winter 2014 December 12 2014
It's been a brilliant first 3 months on our new website. We've processed over 200 orders since its launch on September 1st. Thank you all very much! We've some ways to go yet....We have big plans to double the size of the site by introducing a whole bunch of new features, garments and accessories in 2015. Exciting times!!!
We have spent the summer months in our Newquay shops selling off a section of our stock to make way for new colours, new designs and cool accessories. There's a few bargains to be had on the website now. Items that we won't be doing next year so have a look before they sell out.
Thank you all again for your support this year. It's been a good one. We plan on making 2015 an even better one for all!
The Fat Willy's crew.
We've arrived! August 29 2014
Hello everybody! Welcome to our new website. My name is Chris and with my wife, Sally, we'll be running this website and any other Fat Willy's online opportunities in the future. I hope we do a good job.
A bit about us: My Dad started Fat Willy's surf shack in the Cornish town of Newquay in 1984. It grew and grew. I, along with my two brothers, were first employed straight out of school in the late 80's/early 90's as screenprinters- printing tens of thousands of t-shirts and jumpers each summer.
One brother took over the shop in St. Ives, Cornwall which he stills owns and manages. The other brother took over the screen printing duties once the factory moved to Falmouth. He still does that too.
Mum & Dad, the original owners, are still involved running the business and trying to co-ordinate the four shops that we have currently.
As for me, I took a decade out to focus on my own thing and moved to Australia for four years. Last Christmas we came home to help Dad, now suffering with the onset of Dementia, and Mum, coping with looking after both the business and Dad's condition.
We began by renovating the Newquay shops, inside and out. Those of you familiar with our facebook page will have seen some of the pics I've posted. We then set about creating a vision of where the business could go. We had a sale on some items that we were to discontinue and Sally used her expert merchandising eye to promote our current products better.
I'm happy to say it's been working and we are set to enjoy a 20% plus increase in turnover for the year. So, thank you for anyone who has bought something from us in 2014!
We see a bright future for the brand in 2015 and beyond and we hope that this website helps us on that path. It's certainly a lot better than our old one. :/
So, thank you for taking the time to visit our new online store (and reading the blog) and please feel free to offer your feedback below- things you'd like to see for example- and we often send out free gifts to those who take the time to respond via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via facebook, twitter etc.
Speak soon, Chris.