Bedside Manor’s owner Sara Lesieur finds it hard to believe that it has now been 10 years since the bedding and gift shop opened in Camana Bay. She finds it equally hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since she opened Bedside Manor, which spent its first decade at Grand Harbour.
When Bedside Manor opened in Camana Bay in late October 2008, there were only a few retail stores open at the time and foot traffic wasn’t nearly what it is these days.
“Fortunately, we had a strong following already at that stage,” Sara says.
Bedding has always been the shop’s core business, but over the years it has diversified its stock to meet customer demand. During the Christmas shopping season after opening in Camana Bay, many of the customers commented that they wished Bedside Manor also sold gifts.
“By the next Christmas, we had gifts and from that point on, the gift portion of the business has grown and grown,” Sara says.
You spend a huge amount of time in your bed and high-quality bedding can help give you a great night’s sleep.Sara Lesieur
Another part of the reason Bedside Manor needed to diversify beyond bedding has to do with the quality of its products. All of the brands it sells are high-quality, luxury bedding.
“The downside of what we do is that our products last,” she said, noting that she hears comments from people saying they bought sheets from Bedside Manor 10 years ago and they’re still using them. That’s great for the customers, but not great for Bedside Manor in terms of getting new sales to replace worn out bedding, Sara says.
Although some people don’t realise it, Sara says high-quality bedding promotes good health.
“From a wellness point of view, your sleep is very important,” she says. “Once you sleep on good bedding, you don’t want to go back. You spend a huge amount of time in your bed and high-quality bedding can help give you a great night’s sleep.”
Bedside Manor sells some of the top brands of luxury bedding including Sferra, Peacock Alley and Pinecone Hill. In addition to high-quality 100 per cent cotton sheets, Bedside Manor carries luxury sheets made from bamboo and Tencel, which is made from eucalyptus trees.
“Tencel is hypoallergenic, cooling and soft to the touch,” says Sara.
Last month, Sara collaborated with the Design Studio in Camana Bay in furnishing a condominium at The Residences at Seafire, with Bedside Manor providing the bedding. Like any part of interior decoration, choosing the right look and feel for bedding requires forethought, something Bedside Manor offers to homeowners.
“We provide complimentary consultations,” said Sara. “It’s one of the services we offer.”
To keep up with the latest bedding trends,Sara attends trade shows in the United States twice a year.The bedding trend right now is in natural colours like cream and ivory, but also gold,
she says. The trade shows also offer gift ideas, but Sara says Bedside Manor is going to scale back on some of the gimmicky gifts the shop has carried in the past.
“I’ve tried to not buy throw-away plastics, which tend to be the gifts that give you a two-minute laugh and then you throw it away and it ends up at the dump,” she says.
Instead, Bedside Manor will offer some gifts for a cause this Christmas season like “Adopt a Penguin” or “Adopt a Whale” options. There will also be an assortment of tangible gifts, although Sara says people will have to visit the store to find out what they’ll be.
“I don’t want to give away too much about what we’ll have, but we have some great gifts coming this year,” she says. “We really do.”