Business Heroes – Vintage Guru

Vintage Guru on St Giles Street is our latest Busines Hero – nominated and crowned a winner thanks to the shop’s relentless determination to give back and make a difference to our town centre …


Vintage Guru brings together vintage clothing, vinyl records, vintage and retro gifts, household items, and upcycled furniture and is the brainchild of Matthew Lewis Crick and Julie Teckman.

The duo has turned their shared passion for upcycled, pre-loved and handmade items into an emporium in which shoppers can indulge in nostalgia while finding something that is utterly unique. Emporium traders rallied together to nominate Vintage Guru for this award.

Quotes from traders:

“During lock down Julie sent regular updates to traders, always asking after their health firstly and secondly keeping everyone updated with all the measures being implemented in the shop to prepare for reopening. “

“Before we reopened special attention was paid to the traders to ensure that they could restock their areas in safety. My partner and I both have underlying medical conditions, so we were nervous about coming in. The team booked a slot for us so that we could have the whole basement to ourselves. During lock down Matthew kept Guru fans entertained with lots of posts (and gained many new customers by doing this too).“

“The team really do offer fab customer service and continue to go above and beyond for their traders and customers alike.“

“When the store reopened, they introduced both hand sanitiser and gloves and they had a member of staff on the door to ensure these measures were carried out exactly.“

“Julie and Matthew realised some of their regulars were not coming in because they were isolating so introduced a pick and click collection service, delivering goods locally.“

Do you have a ‘Business Hero’ in mind?

Our Business Heroes will be individuals or teams who, over the lockdown period, have:

Made a real difference to colleagues, family and friends

Been passionate about making the town centre the very best it possibly can be

Been instrumental in making positive changes to the town centre

Given back – to the community, customers and the town centre

Our Heroes must own or be employed by a Northampton town centre BID-levy paying business. Find out more and make a nomination HERE.