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In 2012 our founder was living in a small sea-side town in Eastern Australia. She was born, grew up, went to school all in the same town. She had just started at university studying for a Bio-Medical Science degree and was feeling out of place in a heavy drinking culture, which really didn’t suit her. She was more interested in tea, fine bone china and scones.
She had always been an academic student, however, her passion and first choice of career was devastatingly taken away from her at the age of 15. From a young age she pursued classical ballet and performing arts quite seriously. Being naturally physically very well suited to ballet she took to it like a duck to water. Ballet and the Performing Arts gave her a sense of being and refinement and also an escape from the usual sequential way everyone else’s futures were heading (School, University, job they hated etc.). Unfortunately in a rehearsal for a big competition she broke her ankle in a pretty serious way. Being 15 and being told you will never pursue your dream was tough. From then on she continued to dance but never reached the level needed to make a career out of it. Before she knew it, she had drifted into the same path as everyone else, finished school, started university, went night clubbing, spent most of my days wondering where she was going and daydreaming about living a life that was more fulfilling but just didn’t know what else she could do.
Then in March 2012, she met her husband to be and moved to his home in England. It was the best decision of her life.
Arriving in late autumn to an overcast, rainy, cold England, she had never experienced anything like it before. It was amazing. Being young with no qualifications or experience, the only job she could really find was in hospitality or retail. Having a passion for baking, food and dining she opted for hospitality and started her first job in a small cafe in East Sussex. The days were long, the pay was unreasonably bad and she quickly fell back into feeling like she was going nowhere again. She was really enjoying being in England (despite the weather!). The depth of culture, the history, the people, the warming fire places in the pubs, the food, afternoon tea’s, everything just felt so right to her.
After 3 years of working in 3 different hospitality based jobs she was handed another lifeline. An escape from cleaning up other peoples half eaten food and working long hours for little reward, she had an idea about a business that suited her personality and passion for the beautiful things in life. She always loved cooking, baking and spending most of her money on kitchenware and cookbooks. She preferred the company of her Mason Cash Mixing Bowls to pubs and clubs.
Poppy’s Cookshop was born in September 2015 and what a roller coaster it has been. There have been many highs and lots and lots of challenges, but having finally had the chance to follow her dreams on her own terms Poppy’s Cookshop replaced dance as her means of expression.
Poppy’s Cookshop has now grown and evolved into a place where you can browse beautiful bakeware and discover wonderfully practical tools for your gorgeous kitchen. We are always open to new ideas and our aim is to grow and provide you with the items you need and wish for at the heart of your own dream kitchen.