Tenant Profile: Gina Tombs, Outrage Jewellers
What do you do here at the Corn Exchange?
I own and run Outrage Jewellers
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My late husband and I opened the business on our return from an 8 year sojourn in Kenya. The intention was to sell the jewellery made by a local craft centre for disabled adults in Mombasa. This was supposed to be a sideline, as I taught, while my husband was an engineer. But it developed into our business, and we are still here. I always had an interest in Geology so loved dealing with the semi precious stones, while my husband being an engineer, soon learnt how to silversmith, and so we began making our own lines. We still offer many pieces which are either designed by ourselves or hand crafted. Now I am greatly helped by Cailyn, who arrived on my doorstep as an apprentice, and nearly 5 years later is the cornerstone of the business.
What is your history with the building?
We have been based in The Corn Exchange since 1990 when the building was refurbished and opened as an Independent shopping centre. Perhaps I will be honoured for my longevity in the building, a statue in the entrance perhaps?
What is your favourite thing about working at the Corn Exchange?
The building has been a playground for my children, a training area for the 12 Guide dog puppies I have raised and and so a big part of my life for many years. It is also a privilege to work in such an iconic and stunning building.
Tell us about your best day out in Leeds. Where do you go? What do you do?
The Otley run, a great way to experience Leeds, surviving it is also a good feeling.
Where can we follow you online?
Find us online at outragejewellers.co.uk