Booting an elephant

Gently Elephant is the name for the new children's shoes and accessories shop on the great, grey-green greasy Brockley Road. To satisfy your 'satiable curiousity, there is also a website to look at although it doesn't yet answer ever-so-many questions.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bit disconcerting that they haven't got their act together enough to create a website. But I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

It's not disconcerting at all…I sure they have plenty to do right now!

Anonymous said...

'A bit disconcerting' why? Because they're focussed on getting the shop finished, which is where they will be selling their product through? Good of you to wish them well though.

Faux Berry said...

is this one person with three opinions? honestly, how long can it take to type in a name...

Lady in the Well said...

I agree, not disconcerting at all.

I can't wait for the shop to open and I wish them the best of luck.

Lady in the Well said...

Faux Berry, your name reminds me of the Pet Products stand which appeared in Lewisham shopping centre a while back.

I was thinking of buying my dog a new collar and asked if it was real leather. The girl on the stall replied 'it's actually Fox leather.'

Mary Ellen said...

Oohh when do they open? My kids' are desperate for new shoes and I've been holding off for summer (!) and so I can shop local.

Anonymous said...

I think little Mungo came up with that name.

MikeSE13 said...

Met Helen (the owner) with her son Ollie in Browns last Friday. A lovely lady with great ideas. I wish her and her venture all the best.

Anonymous said...

nice addition to the high street...

Anonymous said...

On the contrary, the website makes me more optimistic. It is clean, the logo is well done and the design looks like it will be well thought out.

What is more disconcerting is the number of other shops on the high street that don't seem to care about the internet...

Nona said...

I guess if I don't want to wait for it to finish its website or shop then I should just make my summer and holiday shoe purchases now rather than wait to support a new business. That to me is dsconcerting, but then it's my money.

@HighStreetBen said...

Branding looks great - as does the work on the shopfront so far, even though with the terrible weather its somewhat slow. Is the name based on the kids book? gentlyelephantbook.com/

Fattyfattybumbum said...

I like it! Good name, logo and decent brands - exactly what we need in SE4, more quality businesses to satisfy our thirst to consume ;)

Brockley Nick said...

@Nona "I guess if I don't want to wait for it to finish its website or shop then I should just make my summer and holiday shoe purchases now rather than wait to support a new business. That to me is dsconcerting, but then it's my money."

So let me get this straight - you're criticising a shop for not being open yet?

The normal way things work is that a shop opens and then starts selling things. So yes, you will have to wait until it opens before buying shoes there.

Here are some other things you will have to wait for:

1. You cannot buy a meal at the Gantry, because it is not ready yet.

2. You cannot buy a coffee at the new Hilly Fields cafe, because it is not built yet.

3. You cannot buy an iPad4 because they haven't invented it yet.

Anonymous said...

I think I love Nick a little bit.

Anonymous said...

I for one am disgusted that there are no Olympic events to watch this week. They're not getting my money.

Brockley Nick said...

I find it disconcerting that the new trailer for Prometheus has just been released and yet it doesn't come out in cinemas until June 1st. Does Ridley Scott value my custom or what?

Fattyfattybumbum said...

Anon I second the love for Nick - so quick witted!

concerted said...

Some people are too easily disconcerted.

kolp said...

There was deep speculation, that the "Elephant" in the name of the shop related to Farrow & Ball colour "Elephant's Breath" but alas upon seeing the shop's current painted colour, this speculative avenue has turned into a cul-de-sac.

Anonymous said...

Their website is the "elephant in the room" then? I'm sure they'll get around to it. If they've managed to get all those AMAZING brands into one place in Brockley they are obviously a pretty tenacious duo.

Oh, and has anyone seen the surprise inside the shop yet? Can't wait to see it open.

Molewife said...

This is a joint venture between my next-door-but-one neighbour Alex and her friend. As they both have young sons I imagine the name is related to what they say to their galumphing children when they have shoes on!

I am delighted that this shop is opening, there is nowhere local to buy kids shoes - either trekking to Lordship Lane or Blackheath for a good range - Clarks in Lewisham never seem to have much for some reason. I agree that it will pull shoppers to that area which should hopefully be a boost for other local businesses.

Well done them for doing it, can't wait to see it open.

Anonymous said...

Good name I think.
More please.

What's not to like? :-)

Nona said...

Nick, what's with the rush to 'wit'?

I dont see what is wrong with being informed. #

"So let me get this straight - you're criticising a shop for not being open yet?"

Er, no... for not having a website listing what it may will stock. So I can then make the c=decision to hold off on spending elsewhere

"The normal way things work is that a shop opens and then starts selling things. So yes, you will have to wait until it opens before buying shoes there."

That is not longer the 'normal' way and may start up websites, rather than a single page.

"1. You cannot buy a meal at the Gantry, because it is not ready yet."

If it's okay with you I will continue to spend my money where they are. I'm talking about money I place to one side for my child.

"2. You cannot buy a coffee at the new Hilly Fields cafe, because it is not built yet."

Your wit cracks me up.

"3. You cannot buy an iPad4 because they haven't invented it yet."

I don;t spend my money on IPADS but my child's feet.

With you as witty guru who needs marketing and websites, uh!

Mediocrity should never be writ so large.

Tressilliana said...

There's a list of their expected stockists at the foot of the one and only webpage - did you not scroll down that far, Nona?

at sea said...

With you as witty guru who needs marketing and websites, uh!

Mediocrity should never be writ so large

Er..yeah, hang on. What?

pippi longstocking said...

Nona, you may not be aware, but you can't just throw a decent website together in five minutes - it entails a fair amount of work and expense. It's very arrogant to tell a brand new business (that you know nothing about) that they've got their priorities wrong.

Brockley Nick said...

@Nona, for someone who was so keen to support a local business, you certainly are being unnecessarily dickish towards it.

It's called a holding page. As it says, neither the site nor the the shop is ready yet, but it will be soon.

Anonymous said...

@Nona:

"That is not longer the 'normal' way and may start up websites, rather than a single page. "

Good point, Nick can you add to your list "You are complaining that you can't buy shoes yet from a company that hasn't started trading yet". Idiots may get confused real life and fantasy land.

Where are those asteroid gold mining entrepreneurs, I presume I can buy some of their gold at the moment? What do you mean they have to have build the rockets first?

Bore off said...

What the funk is Nona talking about ? Hilarious . Makes absolutely no sense at all .

Anonymous said...

agreed

Leisa Pisa said...

Good Luck Good Luck Good Luck

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