Sofa Riot owner, Joe Wookey is currently refurbishing his shop at the top of Stokes Croft. Having repainted the exterior, Joe intends to remove much of the interior panelling to reveal the original Victorian skylights, thus demonstrating a growing confidence in the future of the area as a centre of excellence, where independent local businesses can thrive. Joe also intends to run courses in his workshop on upholstery and making furniture, under the working title of “Sofa School”. Another clear indication that Stokes Croft is growing from within.

Below: Sofa Riot Exterior gets a lick of paint.

Below: Joe makes sofaframes in his workshop.

Below: “Nudge” works for Joe as an apprentice.