Taylor-Jones & Son

Phoebe Shipton  ·  17th December 2013

Taylor Jones & SonAs the first in a series of articles on local independent traders we thought who better to start with than one of this years additions to the collection, Taylor-Jones & Son, 152 High Street, Deal.

Situated at the North end of the High Street, amongst a nice selection of other independent traders, Sonja Taylor-Jones decided there was a niche for her shop, purveyors of finely crafted articles for ladies, gentlemen, children and the home.  The shop was opened at the end of April this year and has gone better than she had ever dreamt, exceeding all her projections.

STJ pictureStock ranges from fabulous paintings such as this to useful gifts for the home, handmade skirts and even the occasional pair of silk knickers.  Stock is generally selected on the principal that it is British made, local is preferable and of good quality and often something a little out of the ordinary.  Sonja will only stock things she personally loves and is proud to be selling and is also always very supportive of new artists or producers.

Sonja Taylor Jones moved to the area from Bristol 4 years ago this Christmas.  Her husband is originally from this area but having met Sonja in London and then moved to Bristol he decided he wanted to return to be near the sea again.   With a young child in tow as well it was a big move to take on but one which Sonja has adapted to very easily finding it great to be able to walk everywhere and everyone being so welcoming and friendly.

Sonja was born and brought up in London. Prior to owning her own business she has had a long career in PR working with major organisations including HM Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.  Leaving the rat race of London she then retrained as a jeweller at Bristol School of Art.  This has given the business another aspect to focus on with Sonja, as an artist in her own right, running monthly jewellery workshops which have already proved very popular. In just one day you can make yourself a STJ pendentbeautiful sterling silver pendant to take home. You will learn about the design process, discover how to translate your paper image to metal, use professional jeweller’s tools and create a truly unique and wearable piece of jewellery. Places are limited and cost £65, which includes the Sterling Silver for your pendant, the workshop runs from 10am to 3pm at Taylor-Jones & Son.


Quick fire questions:

How would you describe your shop style?

Kookie and stylish gifts and artworks.

What inspires you as an artist?

I am fortunate enough to live on the seafront and therefore the sea is a constant source of inspiration.

What matters to you, whats’ important?

• My family
• Happiness
•  a good Work/life balance

Name me 3 things which have a special place in your life?
• A beautiful silver compact given to me by my husband when they met
Finbar card• Mothers day card from my son (see right)
• A lovely old sideboard which has been in her family ever since I can remember.

Has opening a shop in Deal been easier than you expected?

There is a great community of independent traders in Deal and the Deal Town Team is run by volunteers who were involved in the Mary Portas High street promotion and work towards raising the profile of the High Street and it’s unique independent traders. Deal has also recently been shortlisted by the Saturday Telegraph in the top 10 High streets in England, a well deserved accolade.  This year has gone far better than we could have hoped and exceeded all our expectations which is brilliant.

What are your opening times and where can people find more information? 

Footfall at the North end of the High Street is very erratic so we are still experimenting with opening times. To be sure check the sign on the door or check Facebook and Twitter for current opening times or email at Sonja@sonjataylorjones.co.uk or if you are on Twitter you can check @TJandSon or “like” us on Facebook to be able to view everything on there.


About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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