As her Mill Street shop celebrates its 2nd birthday, we caught up with epanoui’s owner, Hannah Paine to find out her best bits of Bedford. Hannah trained as a jeweller at the prestigious Central St Martins College and shortly after launched her own collection. The bricks and mortar shop in the Cultural Quarter shortly followed. The name epanoui means to grow and flourish, something that the lifestyle brand continues to do. From jewellery to gifts, cards to homewares, epanoui is the go-to shop to pick up something stylish and unique.
Name: Hannah Paine
Occupation: Owner of independent shop & studio, épanoui
Born here or blow in? Moved here nearly 6 years ago from the bright lights of London and never looked back.
Best thing about Bedford? The community spirit and support for local independent businesses! The creative talent in our town is also second to none.
Best place to get a coffee or cuppa? Fays at Riverside or Coffee with Art are my go to’s when I’m looking for a good coffee and cosy spot to catch up on a bit of work outside of the shop.
Best breakfast? I’m a big fan of Délices pain au chocolat, in fact I’m a big fan of theirs in general.
The one place you’d recommend to visitors? Whenever people stop by épanoui who are visiting, I always recommend a walk along the Embankment. There is something really special about the river, especially at this time of the year and I’m so lucky that it’s right on the shop’s doorstep.
Ever read John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress? Afraid not.
Bedford’s best boozer? The Burnaby Arms in Prime Ministers is a new favourite for a Sunday afternoon drink or The Cricketers when the rugby is on is always a great atmosphere!
Best Bedfordian? I’d say Charles Wells has given us a few good things…
Ever eaten a Bedfordshire Clanger? No but I hear it’s pretty tasty!
Three words that sum up Bedford: Pretty bloody great!