Award for Who-ray!

Our good friends the Who-ray! shop in Stockton-on-Tees has recently won a local business award, confirming success in their first year of trading.

Operating both as a bricks and mortar store and on online business, ‘Who-ray!’, opened July 2010 in Silver Street, Stockton-on-Tees (that’s the North East of England, around 40 miles south of Newcastle) has won the Retail Award in Teesside’s Best New Business Awards.

Now after several invites I finally dropped in on Who-ray! for the first time last week and was impressed to see a wide range of Doctor Who merchandise and collectables, both from the present series and stretching back in time through the Doctor’s previous incarnations; the store stocks other TV/film-related toys, action figures and collectables from Star Wars, Star Trek etc, and a selection of alternative gift choices, including candles, bath bombs, textiles and ranges in both ethnic and retro styles. It really is a great shop, and the proprietors Martin and Brian make you feel welcome.

Nearby stores include a local video games shop and the legendary Stockton Modeller, one of the north’s longest-running model shops.

Who-ray! has attended Newcastle’s Doctor Who convention ‘Dimensions’ as dealers for the past two years, and has plans to host its own mini-convention in Stockton.  Who-ray! has already had in-store invasions by Daleks, and by Star Wars characters, as part of its commitment to hold charity fundraising events.

Who-ray!’s proprietors, Martin Shipley and Brian Burr, commented:

“Winning this award proves there is a demand for more independent shops – this is the future for High Streets across Britain, offering specialist expertise, personalised customer focus, and a unique shopping experience, which can be lacking in out-of-town retail parks and hypermarkets.

We hope that our success may inspire other fledgling entrepreneurs, who are needed to play a part in the ongoing regeneration of Stockton Town Centre.  As Doctor Who enthusiasts, we feel that regeneration is something we know all about!”

Well done to Who-ray! – and look forward to more news featuring their great store in the next few days…

You can find out more about Who-ray! by visiting their website at shop.who-ray.co.uk, and you’ll also find them on Facebook.



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