Get Creative at Mimo
12 February 2016
Mimo is a lovely interiors shop that’s a little bit different from the mainstream, just a short walk from Marlborough High Street in The Old Ropeworks near the river. Owner Sally Ballard has also recently started running creative workshops there to great success.
Tell us a bit about how you ended up having a shop like Mimo?
‘With a background in antiques and interior design Mimo is a shop where I make the things I love & collect for the home available to the public. It’s full of vintage, restored and quirky pieces. I love seeing my regular customers popping by to make sure they’re not missing out on any treasures!
It all started shortly after embarking on my working life when I was a nanny for some amazing people, whom I’m still great friends with today. They introduced me to friends starting an interior design business being run alongside an antiques business and, although initially I just helped out, I eventually took over the admin side / project management. This led to a further job with another antiques dealer running the interior design side & eventually opening my own shop in the Cotswolds shortly after meeting my ex-husband.
My first shop was short-lived though as children arrived soon after, not helped by a rather gloomy recession.
Now my children are older – Alex, 22 and Will, 20, I’ve had time to focus on having my own business again and I set-up Mimo in 2011. Gary from Eric’s Attic initially offered me space in his shop to sell my collection but when the space came available downstairs I leapt at the opportunity to take it and set-up by myself. I’ve always had the idea of making one of the rooms available for creative courses.’
Interesting – what type of workshops are you offering?
‘I’ve always thought there was an opportunity to offer creative courses in Marlborough as Marlborough College Summer School is only for four weeks of the year and beyond that there didn’t seem to be much available of this type. I’m an optimist by nature and I really felt there was potential to offer workshops in the centre of town.
We’ve had some fabulous courses here so far, from upholstery to sewing & dressmaking and plenty of arty courses for both adults and children alike. I’ve loved the mosaics courses, and in particular the floristry, creative writing and Christmas Wreath workshops were incredibly popular.
Next planned is an Arts & Crafts workshop for kids during half term and an upholstery weekend at the end of February both which still have places so get in quick!
I’m always open to ideas so if someone has something they’d love to learn or love to teach I’ll do my best to make it happen.’
Are you Wiltshire born and bred?
‘Not at all – I was born in Oxford where I lived and attended college and my mother still lives there. It was a fabulously buzzy & exciting place to grow up although I’ve moved so many times since I’ve almost lost count of the places I’ve lived. The first antiques business I worked in was in Woburn, after marrying Nick we lived in various places in the Cotswolds and eventually moved to Ramsbury just fore Will was born and where the boys spent their childhood. I now live right in the middle of Marlborough and I’m loving it. It’s great being right in the middle of town and Marlborough has so much character. As my boys have left home for work and uni it’s mainly just me and my dog, Monty.’
So what’s planned for the future?
Just enjoying where I live and my business for now. But what will be will be – I don’t mind moving, so if I had to move again I would. But for now Mimo isn’t going anywhere soon. I love meeting new people so please pop in and say hi.