Boss Babes of the Fruit Market Hull 0

Giant Love Heart which reads GRL PWR in the window of Tessies
Seen as though it’s International Women’s Day coming up (Sun 8th March FYI) I thought I’d pay homage to the local women business owners that we’re so proud to share our area with.
It’s wonderful that so many independent businesses in the Fruit Market district of Hull are owned by women, all doing their own thing, all visionaries and all brilliant at what they do!
So in no particular order I’d like to introduce you to the businesses and the women behind them...
Ghost Orchid 👰 A super cool, boho, dreamy bridal boutique owned by the gorgeous Katey. She offers wedding dresses that are unique and stunning - for brides to be that are different and those that don’t fall into the ‘traditional’ vibe
Ghost Orchid Bridal store interior
Mousey Brown’s 💇🏻‍♀️ This amazing fun and kooky hair salon is owned by Sarah and offers cruelty free, vegan hair products whilst styling the alternative people of Hull’s hair - in vibrant and unique ways!
Interior of Mousey Brown’s Hair Salon Featuring a zebra!
Oresome 💍 This bespoke handmade jewellery studio is owned and ran by Nicola and Victoria - this talented duo run jewellery making classes, offering the chance for folks to make one off and truly personal pieces
Nicola and Victoria pose with the tools of their trade
Thieving Harry’s 🍔 Owned by Ali, this unique cafe, bar and allround cool space is my favourite place to hang out on the Marina - the views are beautiful and the food is so so so good!
The view from inside Thieving Harry’s looking onto the river
Plant & Paint 🌿 Lara is the boss babe behind this stunning plant and homeware store which is full to the brim with houseplants and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. She also puts on creative workshops regularly too!
Lara stands outside Plant & Paint holding a plant and smiling
The Glam House & 36 💅🏻 The name says it all, a gorgeously glam beauty salon owned by Zoe and Joolz offering nails, make-up, beauty treatments and more! 
The outside of Glam House & 36 on Humber St
Nibble 🥪 Owned by the absolute star that is Anna, this popular brunch spot is always busy and offers such deliciousness as grilled cheese sarnies, amazing breakfasts and plenty of sweet treats - all made in house 
Anna owner of Nibble holding her Hull Bid Award
Studio Eleven 🏺 Adele is the owner and director of this lovely indie gallery, offering changing exhibitions and space for local artists and makers to sell their wares
A newspaper cutting featuring Adele owner of Studio 11
Ambiente 🥘 Spain meets Yorkshire in this lovely restaurant owned by Zoe. Super yummy tapas,paella and tasty wines and sherry are on offer here. Don’t forget to try their homemade foccacia
Prawns in a pan with focaccia
Wow, so many amazing business all owned by awesome women! The Fruit Market used to be a thriving wholesalers and dock area. Oh how time’s have changed! It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come in terms of women being able to start up their own businesses, our ancestors would surely be very proud!
Before I sign off, a final shoutout to all the other businesses down here co-owned by women (Form, Humber St Distillery and Humber Fish Co I see you 👋) and all the super girls and women that help run the myriad of great business in the area. You’re all an inspiration!
Happy International Women’s Day! 💖
Anna xoxo
P.S Tessies wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Nicola, the boss of dreams. She’s super inspirational, has dreams and visions bigger than the Humber itself and is just an all round creative badass! 
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Tessies Turns Ten 0

Wow, look how much Tessies has changed since we opened 10 years ago!


This week we've been reflecting and talking about why I decided to open Tessies in the first place. Apart from the fact that I found it really bloody hard to keep a job and thought that the best way to combat that, would be to be my own boss and then I couldn't get sacked 🤷‍♀️ I just wanted to have fun and create something.

I'd had a nice couple of years doing a foundation degree in Fashion, where I got to be creative every day, and I just couldn't imagine not having an outlet for my ideas any more. I'd toyed with the idea of opening a shop while I was doing my course and being 24 and having no fear I thought - f*** it what's the worst that can happen?! So I threw myself in at the deep end. Whew and boy did I.

I've learned so much over the years, met tons of amazing people and created so many things I'm proud of, from little jewellery displays to fitting out our second shop which is my biggest accomplishment by far. I love being in that space. Our Happy Place.

Cheers to 10 years and hopefullyyyy🤞🏻 to 10 more!

Nicola xx

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Working on the Workshop 0

When we moved to Humber Street, part of the appeal was that we could have a bigger space that had enough room for a workshop area. A place where we can make our jewellery from and work on upcoming collections, hold all kinds of creative workshops from and other joyful and inspiring gatherings.

So now the busy Summer period is done, work has begun. I absolutely love doing DIY and decorating - anything creative and where I'm working with my hands and I'm in my element. 

I've been sanding, caulking, painting and prepping for the cabinets to go in and the wallpaper to go up. I'm gonna leave it at that and you'll have to wait for the big reveal to see what I've been working on!

The first workshop is on November 8th and I CANNOT WAIT. To get the space going and have people enjoy it and also because this one is Vulva cake decorating. I mean come on, how much fun. It's sold out but don't worry we've got loads of other amazing classes lined up so watch this space...

Nicola xx

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A Successful Autumn Launch 0

Not gonna lie Anna and I were absolutely shattered after the Autumn launch, we worked so hard and stayed late nights getting everything ready.

In previous seasons we've trickled in the new clothing styles but this time we wanted to show it all at once and transform our pastel paradise into a cosy Autumn fair. Plus it's a good excuse for a bit of a knees up so why not! We also wanted to reveal our new window scheme on the same night, plus add more rails, change the shop around AND create some new jewellery displays to go with the new collections so we had a sh*t load to coordinate. 

Mix in a bit of PMT (SORRY Anna and thank you for putting up with me!) and you can imagine things got a bit hairy.

The window was Anna's labour of love, inspired by her favourite bits of her favourite season; Hull fair, bonfire night and harvest festival. Look how pretty it turned out! So gorgeous...

It was so good to see lots of our lovely customers and the response to our new collections was incredible! So it was 100% worth all the hard work!
There were dogs, there was lots of fizz and all round good vibes 😃 annndddd there was a confetti cannon! 🎉 (or three 🤪)
Huge thanks to all of you that came to see us and our lovely shop - we love ya! 😘

And a special thank you to Sam from Future Polaroid Photography for coming down and taking these beautiful pics of the night. He's such a lovely guy, so it was an absolute pleasure to have him with us and he had such a great eye for capturing the mood of the night.

Nicola xx

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Autumn Collection Launch Night 0


Get yourself down to the store for a first chance to shop our brand new season clothing and jewellery collections!

Reasons to be there:
Complimentary fizz 🥂
Free gift when you spend £20+ 🎁
Witness Cecil in his brand new A/W outfit 🐼
Joy and good vibes
See you there! xx


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Mural Finished! 0

Absolutely made up with the painting, can't stop looking at it! The colours are divine and so us, and I love how she's incorporated the pink hexagon tiles from inside the shop and has managed to create something both geometric and pretty which is exactly what we wanted. Behold...

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