Barnsley shop owners convert vandalism into Tour de France themed window display

Holly Gaunt and Dan Jarvis by the damaged window.

Holly Gaunt and Dan Jarvis by the damaged window.


Unfazed Barnsley shop owners have told vandals to get on their bikes by turning a negative into a positive for the upcoming Tour de France.

Mother and daughter team Clare Bottomley and Holly Gaunt, who run Moo Designs, an independent fashion boutique in The Lucorum, arrived at work to find vandals had smashed one of their display windows.

However, instead of letting the damage get them down, the creative duo used the shattered glass as inspiration to create a quirky Tour de France-themed window display.

Clare said: “You can easily become disheartened by knockbacks like this when you are a small, independent retailer, but we’ve overcome things before, so thought we would put a positive spin of the vandalism.”

The team at Moo dressed one display window with an apt yellow outfit and placed a coordinating yellow bike in the neighbouring display area with the smashed glass, to create the illusion that the bike had gone through the window.

They then asked local teenager Eve Lodge, who recently won a young enterprise award for her business Barmy Bunting, to create some bespoke decorations to hang outside the shop.

To finish off the display the team added signs saying ‘vandals on yer bikes’ and ‘Moo la la, De-Tour de France’ to poke fun at the bike being in an obscure place.

Clare said: “This is a great way for us to show our support for the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

“Passers-by think it’s great.

“We’ve had so many people coming into the shop to comment on the display.

“Dan Jarvis, Barnsley Central MP, has also visited the shop and praised us for determination to overcome the vandals.”




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