It’s no surprise that owner Paul Mercer is an art history graduate. The lofty shop is a treasure trove of historical relics that transport you to different worlds, whether it be a 1920s beachside carnival, a turn of the century apothecary shop, or a smoke hazed gentleman’s parlour
This crate of World War I helmets was especially moving. Euan asked if he could buy just a few of them, but Paul refused, “They’ve been together for over one hundred years. I can’t break them up now.” I really loved that.