Tel: 01904 670052
Address: 4 Scarcroft Road YORK YO23 1NB

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All About Olive's Nest

Olive's Nest offers a wide range of original and exclusive gifts and cards, from both local and national artists.  We offer an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary designs. 

Olive's Nest has been in my dreams for many years. My idea has always been to create a great space whereby people can come together to learn new skills through craft and purchase gorgeous gifts for their family and home. 

We also run craft workshops in our beautiful activity room, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills from local artists. Find out about our workshops.

We currently do not offer online shopping but are happy to post items to you. Please call 01904 670052 or email us.

Olive's Nest is proud to be part of York's Bishopthorpe Road community, winner of Best British Parade Of Shops, and Great British High Street Of The Year.


I source products for Olive's Nest from local artists and makers to offer a balance. I also select individually suppliers and, wherever possible, gain exclusivity to York. 

I am constantly sourcing new products and often only stock one 'run' of items. This keeps the stock fresh and interesting. 

Products range in size from pencils to cushions and from greeting cards to up-cycled furniture. 

In the future, I plan to offer opportunities to 'Meet the Maker'. Customers will be able to come and meet the artist and discover how their products are made. 

Cushions Jars Candles Haberdashery


Lola Design dogs Lola Design Ltd is a small independent creative business based in the lovely city of York. Their aim is to create joy through beautiful design.  All Lola Design Ltd products are designed by Lola herself and are produced here in the UK.

Sam Wilson Design Sam Wilson Design is a luxury homeware brand inspired by the British Countryside. Using traditional printmaking craftsmanship Sam captures the rich flora and fauna of the Cotswolds, where her studio is based, into beautiful designs. Delicate flowers, nimble hares and happy blackbirds are adapted onto fabrics and made into homeware accessories. All Sam's products are proudly made in England.

Space 1Space 1a Designs celebrates curious contemporary design with an award-winning home collection inspired by the natural world. They use sustainable materials and UK- based manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible and do their bit to protect the environment and keep artisan skills alive in Britain. 

Nom Nom chocolateNomnom Chocolaté is a Welsh company:  their founder is a Liam, a young person who was granted a Princes Trust Loan to help start up his company.  Their website describes themselves as a team of young rascals who conjure and craft the glorious flavours of great British makers and growers and tailor them, by hand, in the fine silks of the world’s greatest cacaos.  


Local Artists

Happy Pig Designs, who supply Olive's Nest with beautiful upcycled cashmere products, tell me "the best thing is that Olive’s Nest has helped me launch my products. I have never sold in shops before and in turn this has helped me to develop my packaging and become more customer-focused. People have the opportunity to touch my products and feel the beauty".

Honey Bee Candles tell me, "the best thing I ever did for my candle-making business was to go and talk with Gaynor at Olive’s Nest. I wasn’t sure if there was a real market for beeswax candles, I just knew that I loved making them. Now my business is growing and the feedback I get from Gaynor is really encouraging. Thanks Gaynor for making it a pleasure".


Olives Nest craft workshop "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." Albert Einstein

The quote sums up perfectly the environment that Olive’s Nest wishes to create...involving local artists to come and pass on their skills feels just right for being part of the wider community of Bishopthorpe Road.

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Crockery hire

Hire vintage crockery Our extensive range of finest Vintage china has been carefully chosen to enhance any celebration or gathering. From beautiful gilded cups to pretty floral patterns on the saucers and plates, it's hard to beat the ambience that is created when you hear the gentle chinking of fine bone china.

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Work experience

Having worked with young people for the majority of my career I wanted to combine my experience with young people as well as offering work placements. This is very much in its infancy stage and I am currently applying for funding to ensure that this becomes a reality. A young person who has been on a work placement within Olive’s Nest tells me, "Working/helping with Gaynor has given me the strength and belief to want to find a job and believe more in myself. I look forward to coming into Olive’s Nest as I feel welcome and supported here" Young person aged 17

If you are interested in being part of this project please do contact me.