The Emporium opened its doors under Terry’s patronage in 2000, long before geek culture exploded into the mainstream. Why Wincanton, you may ask... well, on signing the deeds Terry said that we would be close enough to work with, but not too close as to be a nuisance, and we couldnt argue with that! Now, twenty years later our doors have closed, but our heritage as the original Discworld shop remains much hallowed and celebrated!
In 2002 Wincanton was officially twinned with Ankh-Morpork in the world's first ever town twinning with a fictional place. In 2007 Discworld was put on the map, quite literally, when Terry Pratchett opened a new housing development which bears Discworld street names including Treacle Mine Road and Peach Pie Street. Terry also established the Emporium as the official Ankh-Morpork Consulate providing passports and safe haven for denizens of Discworld, and as an official branch of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office on the publication of Going Postal.
It rather tickled Terry to have a shop dedicated to his books, a place where his fans could meet and celebrate Discworld, often with the author himself. If Terry wanted anything made from his work we'd make it, and he would often use the creation of merchandise as research for his books.
Our shop may not appear to resemble a true 'emporium' in the sense that we sell only Discworld merchandise. However, we are a portal into Discworld offering a variety of goods from all manner of merchants and organisations from Terry Pratchett's books including Gimlet's, CMOT Dibbler, Ankh-Morpork Post Office and the Unseen University.
From our beginnings creating figurines and models sold via snail mail to a few hundred collectors, our little Discworld shop has transformed into a thriving online mailorder service, peddling our creations and Terry Pratchett books to fans all over from all over the world, shipped with love from our fantastically frantic mailroom in Emporium HQ!