Now the site is a 45000 square foot space exploration, a maze to get lost in, timelessly and happily, in awe at the curios, knick knacks and practicalities filling the seemingly infinite shelves. There are products for lighting, houseware, hardware, tools, gardening, wall coverings, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, and probably a whole lot more, mostly of excellent quality, and covering all tastes and prices. For obsessives it is a joy, for beginners it is a wonder.
Whilst this unique Colliergate store quite rightly takes a chunk of the market, that does not mean there’s no room for other DIY independents in the city. On Bishopthorpe Road, amongst an array of excellent independent retailers, Pextons is a great hardware store that has been a local favourite since 1933 and is nationally acclaimed in the modern era for its authentic service and quality goods. These include nuts and bolts, paint and timber, electric and plumbing, and tools and decor for all kinds of uses.
A much younger sibling is equally excellent at providing hardware and homeware for the people of York. HEIMA opened on Gillygate in 2016 and has quickly proved its worth in DIY gold. Not only does the shop stock practical necessities, it also aims for a USP of ethical offerings and artisan goodies, from quality tools and dapper gardening gloves to beeswax candles and eco cleaning products. A softer approach to a hardware world is an attractive and assured addition to the city’s DIY scene.
So whether you’re an amateur forced into it, a proud pro, or an interested home improver, all of the above offer awesome alternatives to the national names, and are an admirable way to keep your money in the community, whilst doing it yourself.