Old Post Of­fice changes its colours to be­come chic bou­tique

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Ar­ran’s new­est shop has opened its doors in what used to be the Post Of­fice in Lam­lash. Chameleon, a ladies’ bou­tique run by Lynn Walker, will be open five days a week through­out the year of­fer­ing con­tem­po­rary fash­ion and ac­ces­sories to the is­land’s res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.

When the Post Of­fice closed its doors and re­lo­cated to the Co-op, Lynn saw an op­por­tu­nity to breathe new life in to the build­ing and re­alise her long held am­bi­tion to open a bou­tique. She and her part­ner Richard Fletcher spent sev­eral months restor­ing the ‘A’ listed build­ing with the per­mis­sion of His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land. Where pos­si­ble orig­i­nal fea­tures such as the post of­fice counter and the sort­ing pi­geon holes have been re­tained. Mod­ern fix­tures and fit­tings have been added to cre­ate an invit­ing re­tail space.

Lynn said, ‘I want per­sonal ser­vice to be at core of what Chameleon is all about. I’ll be stock­ing a se­lec­tion of well-known brands such as Joe Browns, Capri, The Ma­sai Cloth­ing Com­pany, Em­reco and Sloggi, plus new and lesser known ranges. I hope to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing re­tail busi­nesses on the Is­land, filling a gap for ladies wear that pro­vides, both on trend and clas­sic cloth­ing.

‘I am not aim­ing at a par­tic­u­lar age, but more of a style. Com­fort­able lay­er­ing, ev­ery­day wear and things that ladies like to wear when they are not in a sweat­shirt and jeans. Aside from the ba­sics, I’ll be stock­ing at most a few of each item, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. My siz­ing will cover a wide range, with many items in ‘free size’ to fit all. New items will be ar­riv­ing con­stantly through­out the year, so pop in and visit of­ten.’

Lynn was brought up on Ar­ran but spent much of her ca­reer in Lon­don in the pro­fes­sional ser­vices sec- tor be­fore re­turn­ing nearly 10 years ago to es­tab­lish ‘Ar­ran Tip to Toe’, a man­i­cure and pedi­cure busi­ness based at the Old Hay­barn, Lam­lash. That busi­ness is now in the hands of Emma McNeil as Lynn em­barks on her ad­ven­ture with Chameleon.

Re­ally busy

The new shop has al­ready at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est. Lynn said: ‘We’ve been re­ally busy since open­ing ear­lier in the month and it’s lovely to have had so many pos­i­tive com­ments on the shop and on my open­ing range of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories. The most com­mon ques­tions we have had is if the post box out­side is stay­ing and why did you choose the name Chameleon?’

Lynn com­mented: ‘Of course, the post box is stay­ing. It’s part of the his­tory and fab­ric of the build­ing and of the vil­lage and I would never dream of re­mov­ing it. Why Chameleon? It’s sim­ply that chameleons change colour. They of­ten merge into the back­ground but Chameleon is all about dar­ing to stand out, chang­ing colours and styles as the sea­sons progress. It was ideal too for a build­ing that is nearly 125 years old has gone through many changes it­self over the years.’

Chameleon is lo­cated at Hamil­ton Ter­race and is open from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day from 10.30am to 5pm and from noon un­til 4pm on Sun­days.

The in­te­rior of the store re­tains many orig­i­nal fea­tures.

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Chameleon is housed in the his­toric and A listed Hamil­ton Ter­race.

Owner, Lynn Walker pro­vides a per­sonal ser­vice at the new bou­tique.

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