Blackpool’s new store mixing affordable vintage sportswear and indoor plants

A new vintage clothing store has opened in Blackpool – with a green twist.

North Shore’s Tristan Parker wanted to merge his two passions for retro sportswear and indoor plants – and opened Urban Greenhouse on Birley Street earlier this year.

The former model started collecting 80s/90s designer tracksuits around nine years ago. He traded through online platforms – Ebay, Vinted and Depop, and delved into pop-up stores in Manchester and Leeds.

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Tristan Parker, owner of Urban Greenhouse on Birley Street, Blackpool

When the 27-year-old started wholesale to vintage stores around the world, he realized he wanted to be the one whose vintage store bought into the stock.

But while he was used to paying a premium for vintage items in Manchester and Leeds, he wanted his shop to be affordable.

“A lot of people are shocked at how I keep prices low when you can naturally go to another city to initially find the same item at a higher price; by charging less, my customers are much more likely to buying on a whim rather than second guessing it Even if they have to buy and sell online at a higher price to make a more than decent profit, I’m happy to give something back.

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Tristan found owning a store to be a big step up from e-commerce. He has received no financial support and has no free time as he tries to start his business.

“It’s a complete struggle at this time of year with Blackpool being seasonal, but I’m not letting that stop me. It will start to pick up soon.

Products include snap pants, shell jackets, printed shirts and baseball caps.

But the store is filled with houseplants and cacti – not just for sale, but to help punters feel happy and relaxed.

Tristan said it was his “happy place”.

“I’m happiest around nature and plants,” he said.

“Plants are extremely good for mental health and detoxify the air.

“Every customer who walks in tells me how relaxed and happy they feel here.”

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