Think big, shop small at Curated MakersPosted by: Sam Pegg
Curated Makers opens first standalone store at Meadowhall
Curated Makers, a retailer which hosts handmade products from multiple small Sheffield-based businesses, opened its first pop-up store at Meadowhall on Saturday 28 August.
The store sells a selection of unique handcrafted products from up to 40 local brands, including jewellery by Lyon + Feather and artisan soaps by Elsie Moss Botanical, as well as artwork and cards inspired by Yorkshire dialect from Me and Thee.
There are also illustrated drawings of Sheffield’s favourite pubs by Josephine Dellow, a selection of perfumes by Abbey Perfumery, unique resin jewellery hand-poured and created by Dania of Whylder Mills and photography of local sights and scenery by Kate Cooper Photography.
Curated Makers was founded in 2017 by Megan Jones who wanted to give small brands the chance to showcase their work on the high street. While this will be the first standalone store, the retailer has previously hosted concessions within John Lewis, Paperchase and M&S across the North West, promoting items from at least 300 small businesses.
Megan Jones, founder of Curated Makers, said: “Collaborating with Meadowhall, and its co-owner British Land, to open our first ever pop-up store for visitors is a giant step forwards for supporting small businesses.
“We know our customers love our unique offering of beautifully made, small batch, high quality gifts and homewares. Since starting on a stall in a local market back in 2017, when I took three – four brands to market at once, this is a real pinch me moment! We’re so excited to welcome shoppers through the doors.”
Stacey MacDonald, a local maker and founder of Darwin and Gray which will be available at Curated Makers in Meadowhall, said: “Curated Makers represents the unrepresented through bringing the small businesses of the north to the high street. We’re so thankful to Megan and Curated Makers for giving Darwin & Gray a platform to be seen, and better yet, shopped.”
Darren Pearce, centre director at Meadowhall, said: “We’re thrilled that Megan has chosen to open the first ever standalone Curated Makers here at Meadowhall, and it’s a concept we really believe in. Supporting local independent retailers is so important to us and in opening this store it means we now have a total of 40 independent retailers at the centre and that’s something we’re really proud of.”
The new store is located on Upper Park Lane and will be open until 9pm weekdays, 8pm Saturdays and 5pm on Sundays.
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