Friday, 17 March 2017

A Small Tribute to Pandemonium

So, I learnt from a Facebook friends post yesterday,  Pandemonium has shut in Whitby. I am feeling down about this as another goth shop has shut. I'm going, to be honest, and state I wasn't a frequent shopper, but every time I did visit Whitby it was always on my ex's and our itineraries.



Pandemonium was a charming little goth shop with a purple exterior that was celebrated it's 18th birthday last month and established back in 1999.  Selling a galore of goodies for the darkly inclined and surprised to learn the home of the Whitby International Pirate Society, my ex and a few friends are involved with. 


We used to usually visited for days out  or  if I visited with my Dad for the afternoon. He loved looking at the fishing boats and talk about mechanics.

I remember the  purples haired small lady behind the counter,  I think she was called Lara,. She was always a lovely and cordial lady who always made me feel welcome and offered a good chat.  I loved the shop decor dedicated to every shade of purple and the narrow lil' shop with high Victorian ceilings. Stocking an array amazing goodies for the darkly inclined. She sold a bit of everything. My favourite was she used to sell vintage gothic clothing where you could purchase some of the most amazing finds quite cheaply.






Looking at the number comments, with people sharing their sentiments it's both a shock and sadness to see another independent shop closing. 

.As one person stated, "it's a bit of history gone'


I have heard whispers that the store is looking for new premises. 

12 comments:

  1. So many unique shops are closing down lately, and the larger chain stores are completely taking over. It's sad, indeed.

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    1. I totaly agree in Newcastle I learnt all the most of vintages shop have disappeared albeit one. For my area their there a small number of shop popping up in Newcastle's Gainger Market. Most of food places. I'm missing the diversity. as everything just becoming commercialized and corporate.

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  2. That is such a shame - I really liked it, and always popped in when in Whitby. Bought a few things from there. I do wonder if there's a bit too much competition there these days, with two huge shops nearby and then smaller boutiques on the East Cliff. I know they get a good income boost at the festivals but it must be hard the rest of the year.

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    1. I'm sure of the exact reason, I've heard comments had something to with the landlords. I can't really confirm it, so not mentioned it. They are looking for other premises. It's a shame it was such a lovely little shop which was reasonably priced. I love purchasing their t-shirts. When i went during the summer the shop was busy. I'm really sure. I'll miss them considering in our local area to my knowledge there no decent gothic clothing shops.

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  3. It's always a sad day when another small independent shop shuts its doors. I hope you're right and they're just looking for another location. :(

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    1. I totally agree particularly in my local area all the independent shop are disappearing in my area and replaced by the more corporate and commercialized shops or charity shops. Newcastle loosing it's diversity. I Think it's part of the precarious financial situation.

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    2. I've noticed that about Newcastle. Even Doc Blacks has stopped selling alt clothing and is just a piercing / tattoo studio these days. The only 'goth' shop in town I can think of now is Kaz Bats on Westgate Road and I confess I've not been in there for years - perhaps we could have a squint in on Thursday when we meet?

      The only plus side is that 'geeky' shops are doing well near central station, with the Geek Retreat & expanding comic book stores.

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  4. Don't get me wrong Kaz Bats sell some amazing accessories and Jewelry, but not clothing, apart from t-shirts. It's just being a tactile person I like to look,feel, try things on.

    I have noticed the Geek cultural is getting bigger, it good, I'm not really into that cultural. I just miss the diversity when we had Kathmandu 1&2, the retro shops. Pasha is not as good as it used to be sadly. At least one thing is good Retro's still going. I am happy with the Cancer UK and Red Cross shop in town.

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  5. So sad! So heart breaking! I like supporting unique shops, rather than all these stupid large chain stores!! I am so sorry!

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    1. I can appreciate that I like to try support more independent shops, due to budget restrictions. I haven't been doing this much recently. Also I trying to avoid the shops all costs.

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  6. That is so sad. The unique Shops are the best! I live next to Hamburg and there was a street full of independent Gothic and Punk shops but they closed one after another. So sad :(

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    1. That sounds so sad. It what happened in my own city we had the most wonderful alternative and goth shops that sadly shut down. I think it's happening all over from experiences.

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