Sunday, 19 September 2021

Unique shop taps in to the potential of the third age

Unique shop taps in to the potential of the third age

EPOCH3 is a unique shop that showcases the talents of local people specialising in arts and crafts to bring something different to your home. We offer:

l A wide range of artwork, ceramics, sculpture and fine handmade jewellery.

l Revamped mid-century furniture, with Ercol being a firm favourite.

l official Reading stockist for Frenchic furniture paint.

l UK handmade soy wax candles

l Paraben and SLS-free soaps and bath products.

Found at 139 Caversham Road, the bright yellow façade may help with locating it! A four-minute walk from Reading rail station and nine minutes from Reading town centre or Caversham Village.

On-street parking is available on Caversham Road and on a number of nearby side streets.

Thameside Promenade Car Park (next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel) has two hours’ free parking during the week, is free all weekend, and is around three to four minutes’ walk from the shop. Since opening about a year and a half ago epoch3 has been nominated for two awards — by the online urban guide to the countryside, Muddy Stilettos, and the Pride of Reading business environment award.

People can be intrigued by the name of the shop. Opening this shop was a defining moment for Russ and Tessa Turner as neither of them had done anything like this before.

After much deliberation, and considering that the whole thing was a landmark in both their lives, the word epoch fitted the bill. The number 3 was added to the name because midlife marks the beginning of what is known as the “third age”.

Third age is an emerging life stage, running roughly from ages 50 to 75, made possible by our longer life expectancy.

It can be a time of renewal and transformation if we regard it as an opportunity as well as a challenge.

For more information and to keep up to date with everything at this wonderful shop, visit or check out the Facebook page.

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