The first of two vintage-themed VIP launch parties also saw the new Knaresborough store make its first sale.

David and Mary Hallett from nearby Yeadon became the first customers of the new Knaresborough store when they purchased a Marcelo three-seater sofa and a loveseat from the Additions range on Wednesday night.

David, said: “We’re very happy with our purchase and the fantastic service we’ve received.

“We’re always asked where our furniture comes from and we always tell people it’s Barker and Stonehouse. It’s a mark of quality and style, when you buy from Barker and Stonehouse you know you are making an investment.

“It’s quite a distinctive style too, it’s not like furniture you get anywhere else on the high street – Barker and Stonehouse has unique pieces.”

The Halletts are long time Barker and Stonehouse customers and have previously purchased items from the original Knaresborough store.

David said: “We’re actually closer to the Leeds store but we’ve always preferred the ambiance of Knaresborough and now that we’ve seen the new store we’ll definitely be coming back here on a regular basis.

David, an architect, remembers the store in its previous incarnation as the Audi garage and was impressed with the transformation.

“It’s a vast improvement on what was there before, I love the building – from an architectural point of view it’s amazing, they’ve done a fantastic job.”

Helen Moore, the member of staff, who made the sale said: “I’m delighted to have served our first customers, all I wanted from tonight was to make a sale so I’m very happy. They’ve made a very good choice, the Marcelo is a beautiful leather collection and I’m sure the Halletts will enjoy it for many years to come.”