Welcome to our blog!

I am honoured to be the designated scribe of Guru Boutique, a small but unique fair trade retail business (the spirit of which was established in 1972), and a place which I think is one of the best and most friendly physical and online shops to visit in the world! Beryl (aka Beryl Maughan Hankin). xx

The staff currently consists of Tony, Beryl and Colin (below), but we have to also include our late co-founder, Beryl’s 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. You can read about some of them further down this page.

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As well as being a long established independent retailer from time to time we also publish books, greetings cards, pamphlets, etc., and organise events and competitions. It might be a good idea to check in here quite often, to keep up to date with the latest Guru news…

A great way to keep in touch would be to either 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, healing crystals, quality greetings cards, fair trade gifts, clothes, accessories and textiles, funky tights, comics, Alchemy Gothic and music-related merchandise, etc. From our website, you can also join “Smoke Signals” our lovely and informative newsletter to our tribe!

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Above all things we value friendship, and without some of our friends, Guru would not have survived to this present day.

The Legend of Guru Tribe (just for fun)!

MANY, MANY MOONS AGO, BACK IN THE TIME OF ALL THINGS ‘70’s A SMALL SHOP WAS BORN IN A BRAVE ATTEMPT TO OFFER TO THE WORLD, AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE UNEXCITING AND PREDICTABLE.

THE NAME OF THIS SHOP WAS GURU BOUTIQUE, AND THUS THE LEGEND BEGINS… (cue Native American tribal drums)

As recorded in the annals of the tribe, after a brief trial attempt in 1971 which whetted their appetites, it was in 1972 when Irene and Beryl (mother and daughter), properly set out on their adventure into the unknown.

To get more braves and squaws to aid and abet them, they searched the world (well mainly Darlington where the shop was located, actually). Here below is a list of some of those first brave comrades, and some others who have swelled the ranks since. This following record shows both their given and tribal names and in a few cases the reasons why they got those tribal names.

The Chiefess of our tribe…

Irene (Maughan) – Wise Owl (aka ‘she who brought the soothing water’). So named because she was the most beautiful, placid, loving, funny, mischievous, caring, level headed and determined one of us all. In times of crisis, she knew how to calm us down, not only with her delicious cups of soothing tea but also with her wisdom, good nature and unfailing common sense… Irene is much loved and greatly missed, and her legacy lives on.

The rest of the tribe…

Beryl (Maughan Hankin) – She who stood by till. So named because since 1972 until 2017, for all those long and eventful years, day in and day out, she was there, in her favourite place beside the till, like a constant and comforting certainty, for all to return to, talk to and see. Now she is just as constant on facebook and on various markets and festivals where she stands when Guru is out on tour…

Tony (Smith) – The Darlo Lama (aka He who runs upstairs). So named for his simple uncomplicated lifestyle, wisdom, quick wit and dogged perseverance (in spite of his poorly legs), in running up and down the three flights of stairs in Guru (between the ground floor and the stockrooms for over 45 years), in order to capture any item of stock, which our customers desire.

Colin (Harrison) – Fog maker. So named because when he had to operate a dry ice machine at a fashion show we once put on, he was so interested in the beautiful squaws on the stage, that he forgot to turn it off. That resulted in all the models ending up walking around waist deep in a haze of dry ice, which was OK as it gave the whole thing an air of mystery.

Kelly (Mcwilliams) – Little sky. So named because although not tall in stature, she is as tall as the sky in spirit. She is always looking up and thinking of new and better ways to enhance and improve things.

Now follows a list of some of the first wave of people (and a couple of newbies), who were given their tribal names and thus became members of our tribe…

Ray (big chief gets things done). Joe (builder brave). Uppinder (Pinny of the smiling eyes). Libby (walks in moccasins). Rachal (moonflower- aka the girl with the storm-cloud eyes). Heather (the kind one – aka gerbil girl). Julie (broken hanger). Rosalie (dream catcher). Angelica (firewater girl). Caitlin (little many treasures). Paddy (Miller) (he of many voices). Mark (friend to many). Caroline (rainbow child). Nicola (helpful one). Peter (bold adventurer). Stephanie (image maker). Amy (arrow and fire). Sarah (little beaver – don’t ask). Linda (horse whisperer). Bridie (running girl). Andy (drum warrior). Stuart (runs with pack), Gary (music guide). Tracy (life guide). Nellie (aka The Phant). Hugh (Mort). Nick (biker brave). Haggis (toot toots). Karen (pathfinder). Tracey (bright light). Phil (fffooking brilliant). Sandra (caring squaw). Vanessa (best gig girl). Stuart (runs with pack). Gary (music guide). Tracy (life guide). Krissy (swift messenger). Toyah (little treasure). Sarah (little star). Mel (big chief do’em’books). Christina (princess Chrissie laughs a lot). Georgina (princess Georgie jumps a lot). Claire (gentle song). Kamay (music girl). Kayeung (watching girl). Princess Ebi (graceful one). Princess Zoe (little chef). Chloe (fair one). Hope (watchful one). Beth (retro chick). Karl (fixer brave). Kendall (Mac shaman). Terry (web warrior). Darby (medicine man).

Many more people should be mentioned here, and I could go on for so much longer adding names of worthy tribe members who feature in our long history (you know who you are), but sadly space does not allow me to do that!

NOW IT HAS COME TO PASS THAT THE TRIBE HAS MIGRATED ONTO THE VAST TEEPEE KNOWN AS THE INTERNET AND HAS SET UP CAMP THERE. IN ORDER TO LEARN WHAT THE TRIBE IS DOING NEXT THAT IS WHERE THE QUEST MUST CONTINUE…

AS I MENTIONED EARLIER IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT US KEEP IN TOUCH VIA THIS BLOG AND/OR ON OUR WEBSITE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

ON OUR SITE YOU CAN BROWSE OUR EXCITING STOCK ITEMS AND ALSO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER, WHICH WE NAMED ‘SMOKE SIGNALS’ IN THE TRIBE’S HONOUR.

Our business pages on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM are all called GURU BOUTIQUE so if you wanted to give us a ‘LIKE’ or a ‘FOLLOW’ on any of those we would be really pleased.

We also have a FACEBOOK GROUP created especially for our lovely tribe members, which is aptly called GURU BOUTIQUE (GURU TRIBE).

Watch and partake as the brave adventure continues…

“I am alive and I will survive, long live the spirit of Guru Tribe…”

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

10 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

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