By 2004 it became clear that there was a decline in the book market and the book side of the business was taking most of the room for the smallest share in income and refurbishment was badly needed. So Darwin's was ironically a shop that evolved and named after the shops dog. It was at this time Esther Butcher joined the staff in Northampton after a seven year maternity break from her previous job in banking.
After two years Esther became a partner in the business as we opened our second and larger shop in Olney during 2006. By now our jewellery range had become an important part of our business which, in the same way we pick our cards, are "cherry picked" from many sources to give us the range that gives us our unique collection. Steve has found a fascination with rare pieces of amber, especially the pieces that contain inclusions of flora and fauna, hence the speciality we give it on this web site. Our love of nature, geology and fossils has influenced us to some extent, yet we offer a range of gifts and cards far too numerous to include them all in this web site.
Sadly, we closed our Northampton shop in May 2017, as Steve wanted to semi-retire and focus on other things (mainly his photography). He is currently converting some of his more popular images into canvases to sell from our Olney shop.