Category Archives: Gallery

This section of our blog contains images of Guru’s friends, models, stock, locations past and present – and just about anything else that we think is visually interesting too.
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Guru Boutique, Court Arcade (late 1970’s)

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One of Guru’s three units in Court Arcade in the late 1970’s – Window dressing by Lorraine Bailey! This arcade was ahead of its time, as it was a truly exciting and alternative place to be. Over the years there was a saleroom, a diner, a Spencers trousers shop, a couple of comic shops, an American clothing shop, a retro shop, a joke and magic shop, a wool shop, several record shops (including ours), a pet shop (with snakes which sometimes escaped), a jewellers, a wool shop, a baby wear shop, a gift shop and of course Guru Boutique!!

Court Arcade. This facade has been around for many decades, only what is behind it changes… We had a unit there from 1972 until 1990 when we moved to our present site.

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Court arcade 1972-1990

Court Arcade 1972-1990 – This is the facade which was saved when the old Court Cinema burnt down many years ago. By the time we took up residence there, it was a shopping arcade called Court Arcade. The space behind this facade was nothing more than a long shed, divided into units. The units had concrete floors, asbestos in the ceilings, and no proper access to drinking water or toilet facilities. Never the less it became a fantastic ‘alternative’ arcade and was well ahead of its time. We have many happy memories of our time there, and we still in many cases keep in touch with friends we made during those crazy days.