Launching Sunday 26th February – Our 1st Bricks and Mortar Store
Happy International Darwin Day!
Darwin Day is a global celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin on 12 February 1809. The day is used to highlight his contribution to science and to promote science in general. It is also the most apt day in the year for us to make a special announcement.
Last year, all the way back in July, we made tentative steps into opening a bricks and mortar store in east London, our home. We had an eye on an empty shop, fought off some competition, with our new landlord fortunately loving our concept. An offer was accepted and we developed a plan. We made a promise to ourselves that when the time came to open a shop, we'd do it properly, so we've been quietly plotting these last few months. We've been keeping things hushed mainly because we were initially scared the deal would fall off the table, so many months it took. But we also liked keeping the secret, to surprise you all!
We've so many to thank from close friends, new friends and family. And anyone that has passed on their congratulations and luck, expressing happiness for us and the future - those that've seen the potential right from the beginning. We'd also like to give a huge shout out to Archmongers, the architects we've collaborated with to design our space. They've made it look wilder than we ever could've imagined and brought the dream alive; it's been a joy to work with such talented individuals.
We always wanted to keep a modern aesthetic, veering away from what one might traditionally associate with natural history or a cabinet of curiosities. Our new shop is in fact inspired by the Galápagos Islands, which is of huge historical value to science. The Living Laboratory. We also wanted to create something incomparable to anything you've seen; we're constantly striving for uniqueness. Opening a business on the high street has been a dream of ours for the past ten years, and we're thrilled it has panned out like this; it's amazing what can be achieved with a good idea, hard work, initiative and a lot of staying power.
So...welcome to Eastern Biological on Hackney Road! We'll be opening at 11am on Sunday 26th February. See you soon and hope you like our shop!