New shop The Curious Mr Fogg offers enticing prizes for customers with mystery stones scattered around Ilfracombe

When you turn the stones over, more of the mystery is revealed. Picture: Daniel MortimoreWhen you turn the stones over, more of the mystery is revealed. Picture: Daniel Mortimore

A mysterious trail of stones has been leading people to all things weird and wonderful at Ilfracombe's newest shop The Curious Mr Fogg.

Last Monday (July 31), the small retail business opened its first shop on Broad Street in the former Variety Sports premises - and this week, the owners have been leaving small painted pebbles around the town in order to entice customers along.

Daniel Mortimore found one of the painted pebbles and took it to the shop, where he was presented with a metal elephant ornament.

Owner Claire Gallagher, 38, and partner Mark Taunton, 58, from Buckingham, moved to the area early last year in the hope of pursuing The Curious Mr Fogg shop idea after travelling.

And Daniel Mortimore's prize for taking his painted pebble to new shop The Curious Mr Fogg in Ilfracombe. Picture: Daniel MortimoreAnd Daniel Mortimore's prize for taking his painted pebble to new shop The Curious Mr Fogg in Ilfracombe. Picture: Daniel Mortimore

"We travel a lot and there are some really talented people - some that were quite poor - and we wanted to help if we could," said Claire.

Inspired by the famous literary character Phileas Fogg and his worldwide travels, The Curious Mr Fogg offers a range of ethically-traded handcrafted gifts and home wares.

Claire told the Gazette: "We import directly from suppliers from other countries and if we can't do that, we work with fair-trade companies to source the products."

Claire said: "About half [the stones] have been brought back and that's been really nice."

Find The Curious Mr Fogg at 23 Broad Street or visit their website at www.thecuriousmrfogg.co.uk.