Mon Pote loosely translates from French as ‘my mate’ or ‘my friend’. Our hope is that you will always feel as relaxed and welcome in our shop, or browsing our online store, as you do in the homes of your friends.
The name Mon Pote also works for the founders Anna and Natalie, who have been friends since school and have always supported each other in business.
In 2008, Anna supported Natalie in her dream of opening an independent cafe in their home town of Cardiff. Due to their love of interiors, this tiny gem of a cafe had the customers talking as much about the gorgeous crockery and unique decor as the stacks of pancakes and San Francisco inspired menus. Anna was far more interested in the decor and design of the cafe than the food and was very much a silent partner due to being a new mother.
After 6 years Natalie was ready for a change, and after selling the cafe in 2014 Natalie then supported Anna in her dream of setting up a homewares business.
Although Anna originally trained as a lawyer, her heart was never really in it. She toyed with the idea of becoming an interior designer, but decided that setting up a store meant that she would be able to pull together her own collection of curated items. So the Mon Pote online store was born!
Simply being online didn’t quite cut it for Natalie and Anna. The pride and pleasure of any business comes from the interaction with customers, the excitement of sharing new ideas and products with customers, and inspiring them to share your enthusiasm. A bricks and mortar shop was always on the cards and in November 2015, a shop came up for rent which had been empty for almost 13 years and which Anna had always had her eye on as the perfect location. Unable to resist, they jumped at the chance to take on the shop and the Mon Pote you know and love now has it’s home on North St, Bedminster.
Mon Pote is a lifestyle store, with a focus on inspiring interiors and gifts for grown ups and kids which will enrich your life!
The products you’ll find in store and online are things that will have a permanent place in the owner’s life and home, so everything is carefully curated with a lasting quality in mind.