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THE RIPPLES EFFECT


AWARD-WINNING BATHROOM retailer Ripples has relocated its Bristol showroom to Whiteladies Road. The new showroom offers a selection of bathroom displays from the ultra-contemporary to the traditional, a dedicated spa display with a working Dornbracht Rainsky shower, chrometherapy lighting, heated seat, walls and flooring. Also on show are ‘wet room solutions’, free-standing baths, modular furniture, hand-crafted Ripples bespoke furniture and made-to-measure mirrors and shower screens. “Around 90% of our clients are now asking for wet areas rather than the traditional shower enclosure,” says Patrick Heaphy, Showroom Manager. It’s been 25 years since


Ripples first opened its doors to Dr Nicola White and Lisa Sacks 4 1


customers at their first showroom in Bath; the company has since become famed for designing and creating luxury bathroom spaces. The business employs over 20 specialist designers and


between them they have won over 50 industry awards for design and marketing, leading to their current position as a premium bathroom retailer. For more ripples.ltd.uk


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ANIMAL WELFARE CHARITY HorseWorld greeted almost 600 visitors last month for their adoption animal’s birthday party. The event proved to be very successful, with visitors and supporters from all over the world coming to see their adopted equines. HorseWorld rescues horses, ponies and donkeys that have been abandoned, mistreated and neglected. The charity rehabilitates and rehomes up to 100 animals every year, and operates a visitor centre at which members of the public can meet many of its horses close-up. For more horseworld.org.uk


‘BRISTOL’S SMALLEST GALLERY’ has opened on Gloucester Road. The idea behind Room 212 is that local artists will be able to exhibit and sell their work here, with a different artist (or group of artists) installing their work in the shop every week. Currently showing is A New


Twist, showing the work of Sarah Thorp – textile artist, knitter and fabric jewellery maker. “Sarah is


passionate about her work and loves sumptuous colours and textures,” we’re told. This summer she will be using Room 212 as both an exhibition and studio space, and has invited other creatives to join her; fellow north Bristol artists such as Debby Bird, Jo Whiteland and Lorraine White be exhibiting along with clothes designer Zoe Dunn. For more room212.co.uk


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BEAU MONDE


“WE KNOW THAT for some people, a trip to the dentist can be worrying, but we have the experience and expertise to help,” say the team at newly opened Beau Monde in Westbury Park. As a result, the new state-of- the-art private practice on North View has been designed with patients in mind, to ensure a comfortable and welcoming experience. The surgery was opened in June 2013 by Dr Nicola White and Dr Catherine Spalding, who say that the priority for the team at Beau Monde is to provide the highest quality dental treatment while putting patients at their ease. Using the latest techniques, Beau Monde offers a professional service combined with a caring, friendly ethos. For more beaumondedental.co.uk


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