“We’ve identified a great way for businesses to test the high street and sit alongside some bigger retailer names in Macclesfield”
A new shop is opening up in Macclesfield, but only for one week. A group of craftspeople will get their first chance to trade on the high street by opening up a pop-up shop.
Five traders have got together to open up the shop “Five” from Monday, August 8 for a week. They will be selling jewellery, ceramics, candles, and macrame from the unit in the Grosvenor Centre on Mill Street.
Jenny Drew from Little Jen Jewellery told CheshireLive why they decided to set up shop for the week.
Jenny said: “We saw that there was the availability for a pop-up shop in Macclesfield. I’ve been making jewellery for about 13 years and I’ve always really wanted to have my own shop.
“Obviously, prices are very high for rental shops by yourself. So this was a perfect opportunity really and obviously between five businesses it makes it even more affordable and it gets everybody’s names out there.
“It’s obviously getting our business names out that people helping us individually as businesses. I guess it’s also trying to help people realise the joy of buying from small businesses and handmade because they’ll be able to meet all the makers because we’ll all be there at various points and it’s nice to be able to put a face behind the product.”
The creators who have clubbed together to make the pop-up shop are Knotting Special who produce macramé and knotted items. Aglaea Jewels, Laura Jane Ceramics, Candle Makers Cutch Company and Little Jen Jewellery.
All of the traders are from Congleton and were hoping to find somewhere in their hometown to set up, but Macclesfield was the nearest site they could get.
Keira McLaughlin is from letting agents Baker Proudlove. She explained the concept of the pop-up shop and the benefits to small traders.
“The pop-up shop is pretty much a flexible space where small businesses and independents can pop up,” Keira said.
“Everything’s included in the price, including the rent, the utilities, business charges and the social media. It is pretty much a fully fitted shop – and they can go in and just trade.
“Someone will take on the space and they can have it for anywhere from one to six weeks because we’ve identified a great way for businesses to test the high street and sit alongside some bigger retailer names as a stepping stone.
“They can see how their products will perform in the location. Hopefully they will enjoy it and meet their customers and build up a bit of brand recognition.”
As well as having this unit in Macclesfield, Baker Proudlove has a pop-up shop unit in Chester.
- 05:18, 5 AUG 2022