Metin Koyuncu, who owns How Bazaar!!, sells Turkish mosaic lamps and other authentic Turkish gifts. In recent weeks, he has expanded his business nearly doubling the retail space. Metin commented: “I grew up in Turkey, and loved everything about the Grand Bazaar, and so I’ve tried to recreate that feel. People can now walk through the stall, walk between the lamps, and see them from all angles. The expansion and refit has changed the atmosphere completely.”
Metin came to the UK more than 20 years ago, and now lives in Sunderland. He had always wanted to import authentic Turkish lamps, and in 2013 left his job as a barista in Newcastle to open this market stall in Durham. He added: “I was always waiting for the perfect time, and one day came to the conclusion it was now or never. Customers have always been incredibly positive about the stall. There’s a real appreciation that you can find these beautiful products right here in Durham. My aim now is to spread the word and reach an ever wider audience.”
Colin Wilkes, Managing Director of Durham Market Hall, said: “We’re always thrilled to see businesses in the Market Hall growing and expanding. Metin’s offering is not matched elsewhere in the North East. How Bazaar!! is a great example of the variety of products you’ll discover in Durham’s Market Hall. Come in and explore fully Durham’s independent department store, full of specialist businesses.”
How Bazaar!! is at units 47, 57 and 71 in the Market Hall. The Market Hall, just off Durham Market Place, is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm.