Grand opening of new gallery-shop

Three Rooms owner, Simon Johnson, left with his staff including mum Toni, Jack Hutchby and Zinedine-Zidane Wilson outside their Station Road shop in Hucknall.
Three Rooms owner, Simon Johnson, left with his staff including mum Toni, Jack Hutchby and Zinedine-Zidane Wilson outside their Station Road shop in Hucknall.
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A new shop that offers a mixture of antique and ‘shabby chic’ furniture, as well as a gallery with works by local artists, has opened in Hucknall.

Three Rooms on Station Road hosted a grand opening ceremony last Saturday with artist and musician Gino Banazzi and business is already booming, according to owner Simon Johnson.

Each of the shop’s three floors has a different theme: for sale on the ground floor is furniture which has been restored by Simon’s own joinery firm; on the first floor are antiques and items of vintage furniture; and on the top floor is a gallery featuring works by Nottingham artists.

Simon said: “We want to draw the younger crowd in. We will be working with local schools and running a competiton. Every month we will be exhibiting two pictures from each school - so the kids can come and see their work alongside established artists like Julie Ellis, who exhibits at Nottingham Contemporary. And in May, we will be hosting an urban art exhibition. There will be a series of events and we will feature work by Kid 30, a graffiti artist who has exhibited all over the world.”

Simon (29), of Hazel Grove, Hucknall, spent two years in the army before training as a carpenter at Basford Hall College and has since taken on two students from the college as apprentices.

He now has Jack Hutchby (19), from Nottingham, working as apprentice joiner. Said Simon: “We are trying to teach him the old school techniques, like milling and turning timber.”

And working alongside him in the ground floor salesroom is his mother Toni Johnson (53). He said: “She has a big passion for upcycling furniture - and no one wants to fall out with their mother! So I offered her the job. She does a lot of the painting.”