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About Guru Boutique

This is a blog about a small business which has managed to survive for over four decades. In 1972 this business became Guru Boutique. Guru Boutique is much more than a business it is both a way of life and a labour of love!

Our latest publication is a spooky little book…

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The title of our book which was published in September 2016 is…
THE SECRETS OF 24 BLACKWELLGATE…

The quaint little building number 24 Blackwellgate is central to our stories as can be gleaned from what follows:
‘The stories herein tend towards the supernatural including ghostly goings on, time travel, witchcraft and other spooky stuff.
They also touch upon social issues of the times they are set in, such as attitudes towards family values, same-sex love, relationships, religion, the class system and so on…
They will continue to flow from the author’s imaginations and into print to become a series. The first compilation covers various periods in time up to and including the 19th century. Any subsequent books will deal with different timescales right up to the present day.
Intentions:
This series centres on an attractive little building known as number 24 Blackwellgate, because we think it deserves to be famous simply for having managed to stay standing for so long whilst most of the other buildings around it have been demolished and rebuilt in different styles.
We also intend to expand our tales to take in Darlington in general, as we would love to clothe this beloved town in a mantle of legend, folklore, romance and mystery.
Whether part of the action takes place before number 24 was even built (as in Bridget’s story), in the tunnels below it (as in Rachal’s story), or in the rooms within it (as in Beryl’s stories), this surviving architectural gem of Darlington is the original inspiration behind it all.

ANECDOTE: (21/03/2017) – Beryl’s Boobs

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A friendly customer came into Guru Boutique to buy some gifts. He got two items at £6.95 each and yet on the till I read 16.40. I turned to Tony and asked, “That can’t be right, can it? How much do you make £6.95 times two, please? I make it £13.90!” Colin who had been watching in amusement said, “you haven’t rung them in yet you clot, that figure on the till is THE TIME!”

~Beryl.