Welcome to our blog!

This home page has some basic information about our business, Guru Boutique and about our fabulous Guru Tribe.

The categories on this page have their own individual functions. Hot Blog is where assorted entries connected with not just Guru Boutique but also the wider world will be collected. The gallery is where you can find our photographs and other images. Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes is there because a bit of humour is good for us all. Other Stuff is about anything else that captures our interest.

I’m Guru’s Beryl and have the honour of being the designated scribe of Guru Boutique, a small but unique fair-trade retail business (the spirit of which was established with love in 1971). Guru has to be one of the best and most friendly physical/online shops to visit in the whole world! xx

The staff currently consists of Tony, myself and Colin, but we have to also include our late co-founder, my lovely mam (Irene Maughan), as she is always in our hearts and minds. There are many other fantastic people who have helped Guru over the years and who have subsequently become much-loved friends whom we refer to as our tribe. You can read about some of these valued Guru people in the entry entitled ‘The Legend of Guru Tribe (just for fun)’ which can be found in our ‘Hot Blog’ section.


The photograph above was taken by our long-time friend Libby Deacon.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: As well as being a long established independent retailer, from time to time Guru publishes books, greetings cards, pamphlets, etc., plus organises events and competitions. It might be a good idea to check in here quite often in order to keep up to date with the latest news on such events, which will be posted in our ‘HOT BLOG’ section.

Apart from this blog, other great ways to keep in touch would be to call in and see us at our shop in Darlington or to visit our main website’s homepage https://guruboutique.co.uk/  Once there you can browse our stocks of aromatic incense, essential oils, hand made candles, healing crystals, quality greetings cards, fair trade gifts, clothes, accessories, ethnic, gemstone and silver jewellery, soft furnishings and textiles, funky tights, Directions hair colours, comics, Alchemy Gothic and music-related merchandise, etc. We pride ourselves on having something for just about everyone. From our secure website, as well as browsing or ordering our stock, you can also join “Smoke Signals” our friendly and informative newsletter, send us messages via the contact form or access our social media pages!


A few images of just some of the treasures that can be found in Guru Boutique.

Photo’s by Dave Shaw, Ian Wright and Guru’s Beryl.

The gift items, candles and home furnishings we sell are carefully sourced from Fair Trade, independent and where possible local companies. These items shown are only a small selection of the treasures that we have in our physical shop.

We have a great selection of aromatic incense which is soothing plus mood enhancing. We also stock spiritual items such as figurines of Buddha, Ganesh, Shiva and other deities, mala beads, singing bowls, tinctures, etc.

Our fair trade clothes, accessories and adornments are popular with people of all kinds and all ages, due to being natural, beautiful, imaginative and comfortable. The colourful adventurous Boho styles we love to stock are ideal for campus wear, festivals, holidays and, in fact, any occasions and all seasons.

Guru Boutique stocks a selection of Tarot and Oracle cards plus many unusual items such as dragons, skulls, fairies and unicorns. We have a wonderful selection of beautiful, natural, healing crystals and minerals which we see as nature’s very own works of art.


Our stationery selections include fine art, hand finished, humorous, fantasy, magical, counter-culture, birthday, age, relations and special occasion cards from some of the top greetings cards and stationery producers in the UK. We also delight in seeking out the smaller more quirky companies too as they offer a real alternative to the norm. We think that sending carefully chosen handwritten cards and notes is the perfect way to show how much you care about and value family and friends. After all, “you can’t display a text message on your mantlepiece can you?”

We Gurus look forward to welcoming you to our physical shop and/or our website, where you will find examples of all the interesting items shown above and so much more…

Never in our wildest dreams did we foresee that little Guru Boutique would survive for almost five decades. I’m happy to report that we have and that we’re looking to the future with just as much hope, imagination and enthusiasm as ever!

Watch and partake as the brave adventure continues…

Trading hours in the shop are 9 until 5 Mondays to Saturdays. 11 until 2.30 Sundays. Times may vary on bank holidays, etc.

REMINDER: As mentioned earlier on this page our secure website https://guruboutique.co.uk/ is ALWAYS OPEN where you can send us messages via the contact form and also access our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. There is also a link to this blog and gallery.

Our physical shop’s address is Guru Boutique, 24, Blackwellgate, Darlington, DL1 5HG (Tel:01325 461479)

In case you do fancy calling in to see us, this is our lovely shop where you will be sure of a warm welcome…

Wishing love, luck and laughs to all our fabulous friends, wherever you are!

Above all things we value friendship. Without our friends, Guru would not have survived to this present day.

P.S. If you scroll through our ‘Hot Blog’ section you can read about the legend of Guru Tribe which is a fun post about some of those friends who have been part of our story…

Finally, here’s a little rhyme which I think sums us up.


I exist without religious affiliation
I exist without political persuasion
I exist without sensory perceptions
I exist without any preconceptions

No nationality aligns me
No physicality confines me
No gender defines me
No limitations can ever bind me

I am pure energy
I am soul
I am alive and I will survive
I am the spirit of Guru Tribe…

Rhyme by Beryl Maughan Hankin. Image by Glenn Wigham.


14 responses »

  1. Hi Beryl trying to do my bit by shopping, though fleapit wont load anything at all? Just thought i’d let you know in case there is a prob.ok going back to shopping now,lol Anita x

  2. I’ve long been a Guru Boutique fan, always helpful always kind also with a pinch of crazy in the mix. We wouldn’t be part of such a wonderful tribe without you Beryl, keeper of the till, LOVE TO YOU ALL ANITA XXX

    • Ah, but blogs are different. I think they are more for proper articles and essays and other forms of more formal writing. I’ll only share some of what is written here on social media sites. Hope you agree? I’m trying to join that lady you suggested too, but it’s not that easy to do. I need to get better at this as I’m a bit lost at sea just now. 🙂

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