We're delighted we can finally share our news about our next exciting project in Dumfries!
We are really excited to announce that The Guild Dumfries C.I.C have moved to a new space in Dumfries in the heart of the town and we can't wait to welcome you in the coming months to Flourish. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Midsteeple Quarter and together we are redeveloping 111 High Street to create a permanent home for a year round retail collective on the ground floor, currently open 5 days a week. But our new space isn't just be a shop we'll also have a dedicated workshop space, flexible meeting| events space and offices on the first floor too. As part of the project, we will deliver a variety of activities and a programme of events, including creative workshops, after school clubs, exhibitions and talks.
We threw open the doors of our community space at the end of November and we now showcase talented makers, creatives and producers from across the region & beyond in our new shop on the ground floor of the building. It's a place where customers can purchase covetable products they might not find elsewhere in the town and they'll also be happy in the knowledge that they are buying directly from local makers. The Guild Dumfries C.I.C want to continue to provide our community of makers, creatives and producers with a platform so they can flourish and grow. Sharing their story and the beautiful products they take care and passion to make and produce.
The Guild has already demonstrated a strong need for a retail collective in Dumfries. We piloted two previous Pop Up Shops in 2018 and our 2020, which were both an overwhelming success. We now have a business model in place that has been tried and tested, a wealth of skills and experience to deliver this type of project in house including retail management, merchandising, marketing and design. Plus we’ve built up a reputation for delivering high quality community events that provide a platform and support for small independent businesses and have a loyal following.
Over the last 3 years we have developed the trust of our community of makers & producers which grows each time we organise events and projects. We currently have a thriving membership of over 170 businesses, 307 people are ‘Friends of the Guild’, who support our vision and aims and there are 100 active volunteers, who support the delivery of the street market festivals and our previous projects and pop up events. Now that restrictions are easing we are thrilled we can take over a bigger premises, open our doors 5 days a weeks during the day and in the evening and collaborate with even more businesses, organisations and our community in Dumfries.
We look forward to welcoming you to our new space in Dumfries town centre.
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" Wonderful selection of hand crafted gifts, look forward to coming back more after Christmas. Beautifully laid out too, a very pleasurable experience."
"Everyone has that person that is difficult to buy for, there is always one person you struggle to buy a gift for(I have a few that I always struggle with) but Flourish was a definite hit, many crafty people under one umbrella, I had to keep walking up and down to make sure I didn't miss anything, it is such a wonderful treasure hunt. I bought prints, wax melts, tealight holders, signs, chocolate.......individual pieces for my individual people, an absolute treasure trove, I would recommend a visit for beautiful pieces at fantastic prices, the service was super friendly and everyone was so chatty, cannot recommend this place enough, great job guys absolutely fantastic" - NICKI
We want to continue to encourage people to shop small and support local businesses that live and work in our region and this permanent space will allow us to do just that! As a social enterprise we want to run a business, make a profit, but any surplus income we generate from this project, after covering running costs and overheads, is reinvested in the business and goes towards its social aims. We use that money to create a positive social impact and it will help us to develop the types of facilities, projects, events, activities and opportunities our community and town needs. When you buy from a social enterprise you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back. It really is consumerism with a conscious.
Please do help us spread the word if you know anyone that might be interested. We really do hope you'll come and visit us, support us, get involved and shop local. Now the shop is open we are really busy working hard to transform the space on the first floor, we will be sharing lots more details, behind the scenes and sneak peaks as our plans progress in the coming weeks and months on social media and to our mailing list. Its such an exciting time for us and we are really looking forward to sharing our journey with you and making this project happen!
"Going the extra mile Fantastic service - to the extent they phoned to advise they had found what I was looking for and if I was still in the town I could pick it up…"
Finding it hard to decide what to buy your loved ones for a special occasion? Look no further because our Gift Cards will make the perfect present when you want to treat someone special or yourself!
Gift Cards can be redeemed against our gifts, homewares, original art, jewellery, confectionery, flowers, greetings cards, paper goods, clothing, accessories, knitwear and so much more from our shop at 111 High Street and also at events we host during the year.
The sale of each gift card helps support our social enterprise and our collective of makers, creatives and producers from across the region & beyond. Pop in to the shop to buy a card or click below.
Can you spare a few hours of your time to help make this project happen, we’d love to hear from you! Being a volunteer is a great way to meet new people who are keen to make a positive change in Dumfries. Everyone has a skill to share so we’d love to hear from you no matter what you do.