Rotherham’s much anticipated Makers Emporium this week announced the first seven businesses set to sell their wares in it’s store.
No.26 – The Makers Emporium will be a shared retail space, selling unique products from talented local makers, crafters and artists.
Catherine, from the Makers Emporium, said: “The store will offer a wide range of quality handmade/designed products including bags, children’s clothing, shoes and wellingtons, skincare products (made from honey produced by local bees), jewellery, hats (made by a trained milliner), t shirts, prints and artwork, bespoke children’s furniture and much more.”
Our Tiny Bees are Sheffield-based purveyors of natural skincare products, which are made using British beeswax and honey.
Jonathan, ‘captain of the ship that is Our Tiny Bees’ said: “We are thrilled to be one of the first businesses chosen and think our range of naturally effective skincare will go down very well with customers. The Makers Emporium will allow us to create an our tiny bees flagship store and is set to be the go-to place for unique gifts and design led products.”
Goo Designs are also a Sheffield-based brand, who sell a range of digital prints and t-shirts which are inspired by the local area.
Yesterday, a further five makers were announced. Sock monkeys by The Ginger Zoo, Poco Nido, Codger & Tweet, Seraphina Pearl Designs and Oddle Doddle jewellery are all set to join the emporium when it opens mid-April.
Taking to their Twitter page, Seraphina Pearl Designs said: “So excited to be on board!”
Traders are still showing interest in the project and continue to contact the Emporium. Catherine said: “We are still meeting with potential end-users which will be an ongoing process and have so far signed up 18 makers, so we expect to have a good range of stock.”
This new venture was developed by Rotherham Borough Council in partnership with The Source and Rotherham Youth Enterprise. The project is possible thanks to a “successful bid for funding from the High Street Renewal Fund.” The funding was awarded to Rotherham following the innovation already shown in regenerating the town centre.
The store will be a professionally managed, shared retail unit. Rotherham Council have offered flexible, low-cost space from as little as £12.50 a month. As well as a low-cost spot in an exciting new store, the businesses will also have access to free training and advice.
Speaking about the concept, Catherine said: “The idea behind the project came from our ongoing aim to enhance the retail offer in the town centre. We wanted to support potential new businesses with the opportunity to test trade which will create a more gradual approach to independently trading, in particular for specialist niche retailers who could further complement the existing offer. This will allow them to gain valuable experience and generate a customer base which would allow expansion to their own premises.”
The Makers Emporium will be nestled on Rotherham’s high street at no.26 and is set to open from mid-April. The store is active on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and are developing their website at: www.makersat26.co.uk.