A chance visit to a shop while on holidays was the inspiration for a new retail business in York.

Azumi was the name chosen by mother-in-law/daughter-in-law partnership for their shop at the rear of 155 Avon Terrace.

Maureen Willans and Ange Dreibergs who both live in Northam, decided on York because of the opportunity to trade on weekends and public holidays. The availability of suitable premises also influenced their decision.

“We saw a shop we liked during a trip away but what we have here ended up nothing like it,” Maureen said.

At azumi they stock items from Australia and overseas. “We look for quality and are bringing in new lines all the time. “It’s our aim to supply things that aren’t available elsewhere and we have something for pretty well everyone,” Ange said.

The items they sell include furniture, clothing, handbags, flowers, bed linen, cushions, giftware, home wares, artwork, plants, throws and jewellery.

In addition to running the shop Ange is a school teacher. She also has experience as a florist, artist and running a coffee shop.

Azumi opened on September 8 and trades Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

The origin of the name? “It was thought up by my husband and is intriguing but means nothing in particular,” Ange said.

Lindsay McNeill


Photographs (from top left)

Ange Dreibergs and Maureen Willans with a flower arrangement by Ange at azumi.
Some of the furniture stocked at azumi.
Business partners, Maureen Willans (left) and Ange Dreibergs preparing new  stock for display at azumi.