York’s new Shambles Market gets creative thanks to Leeds duo

Since its redevelopment, the City’s new Shambles Market has become home to some of the region’s most creative small businesses.


Visitors to the new market, which received a £1.5 million makeover, can buy an abundant range of fresh produce, as well as treating themselves to art produced by local painters and photographers. They can also freshen up their wardrobes with new fashion designs and jewellery.

 The new market features over 40 new stalls and seven purpose-built shops, selling goods, crafts and food. 

 One of the three purpose-built retail shops has become home to Leeds-based duo, Dave Maginnis, and son-in-law, Jason Kelly, who both run the wooden craft business, SticksArtStones, and who for over a year have been trading on the old Newgate Market.   

“York is an amazing city and welcomes visitors from all over the world. We wanted York to be the home of our very first shop and we know the Shambles Market is the prefect location.” Stated Dave. 

The family owned craft business offers a range of unusual wooden cravings, based, primarily on the Green Man. Their popular designs include traditional plaques and statues, as well as a wild garden range made completely from recycled and up cycled materials. Even the shop’s interior has been designed and built using reclaimed materials to reflect a natural, almost woodland appearance.


Steve Shooter, the Market Manager states: “York needs a market it can be proud of; a market that offers visitors and tourists alike with variety and choice. As well as our regular traders the Shambles Market has become home to a number of small businesses, such as SticksArtStones, who, along with all our traders, help the Shambles Market become another must-visit destination for the millions of tourists who travel to our city every year.”

The newly developed market stills resides where the Newgate Market once existed, but the market’s redevelopment, its new signage, and its location just off the Shambles will help attract tourists – hopefully creating a new landmark for the city of York.

For more information about the new Shambles Market, or about SticksArtStones, visit stictsartstones.org


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