Artisan traders all under one roof at ‘unique’ Cleethorpes shop

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Sep 2017

A COLLECTION of 14 independent artisan traders each making and selling bespoke homeware products and gifts will come together under one roof when a new shop opens in Cleethorpes.

In a business venture like no other, Emporium 53 will offer a unique shopping experience when it opens for the first time this Saturday.

Set to open in Cambridge Street from 10am, the store will feature 14 very different product merchants, all of whom are the masters of their own trade who will come together to offer a comprehensive range of products.

The types of designers and craft artists set to be based at Emporium 53 include an international photographer, graffiti artist, botanical gardener, soap maker, silversmith, henna hand paint artist and Indian food expert.

Featuring a whole host of products to suit almost every taste, the “distinctively decorative” shop will sell handmade goods to customers, who will also be able to treat themselves to a session with the store’s in-house therapist.

The ambitious venture is the brain-child of long-standing Cambridge Street trader, Ann McClean, who has owned the premises for 12 years.

In the past she has rented the building out to other businesses, but having become “inspired” by an item on the BBC’s Countryfile programme all about bespoke crafts.

Ahead of Saturday’s grand opening, she said: “It is unlike any other shop in the area at the minute.

“Each trader has got their own signature and products. It is looking amazing and I’m sure it will be fabulous.

“I have sourced the best of the best traders and people who care about business.

“Many of them are looking to take their business to the next level and can now showcase their products together.

“It’s diverse and exciting for everyone involved. They have all helped each other and the atmosphere is brilliant. We are so excited for Saturday.

Ann, who has 25 years’ experience in the retail industry, added that she’s “delighted” to bring together so many “talented people”.

The list of businesses to be based at Emporium 53 includes; La Botanique, The Chocolat Story, Hidden Treasures, Cleeglass, Made By Moonlight, Paintbow & Co, Casting Memories Ltd, Masala Masters, The Soap Shack, Woodline, Secret Beauty Room, and photographer Paul Bucknall.

Emporium 53 will open Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am and 5pm. The store will open to the public for the first time at 10am on Saturday.

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