We are really excited to announce that The Guild Dumfries C.I.C will be popping up in Dumfries Town Centre! We are delighted to have secured the use of an empty propery within a prime location in the heart of the town and are able to host a Pop Up Shop for just 14 days at the beginning of August.
We can't wait to throw open the doors of our shop and showcase talented independent makers, creatives and producers. It will be a one stop shop for all things beautiful, unusual and handmade. 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 makers.
The Guild Pop Up is no ordinary shop though, 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. Buying social is about using your money, as an individual, to create a positive impact in the community we live in and supporting this locally based organisation. When you buy from a social enterprise you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back. So it really is consumerism with a conscious!
The Pop Up Shop will open for just 14 days and we will be hosting an exclusive private preview event on Friday 2nd August. We want to celebrate the opening with our Friends of The Guild and of course our makers, volunteers, supporters, partners who have have all supported us on our journey so far!
The official opening date will be on Saturday 3rd August when we throw open our doors at 9am, so if you want to have sneak preview the day before then sign up to become a friend. We'll shut up shop on Saturday 17th August after what we hope will be a busy two weeks. During the Pop Up Shop event we have also planned a programme of creative workshops, talks, tours, demos and activities. We are working with over 35 other businesses, organisations, charities and individuals within the town during this pilot project. We hope to increase footfall and create a buzz of excitement throughout the building and the rest of the town centre to help promote Dumfries, to encourage people to come and visit us but to support other local business in the town.
A Collective of Makers, Creatives & Producers
from the Region & Beyond
We are really looking forward to working with our community of makers. We want to nurture and grow the partnerships we have already made at our previous events.
WEEK ONE ONLY
In House Chocolates
Copeland Walker Art
To A Mountain Daisy
WEEK ONE ONLY
Carrot Top Design
The Kitchen Witch
The Wee Shade Shop
WEEK TWO ONLY
9TH - 16TH AUGUST ONLY
Zero Waste Space
WEEK TWO ONLY
Kindness & Co
Bob Loves Landy
The Guild strives to create an exciting and innovative experiential pop up shop in a town centre location in Dumfries.
Customers can get involved and will be encouraged to engage with their creative sides. We've curated a programme of events, activities and workshops during the two week period we are open. So we hope you'll pop along, take part or book your place in advance.
We are delighted to have secured a pop-up shop in The Loreburne Centre and we want to thank them for their support. The Guild will be taking over one of the empty properies in the shopping centre, the former Body Shop premises. The shop has had a new lick of paint and we are looking forward to transforming the space. This property occupies a prime location within the town centre, Marks & Spencer will be our neighbours! It's close to the entrance of the Loreburne Shopping Centre, with lots of potential customers passing the shopfront. We've been given the use of the concourse outside so we can host activities and events.
POP UP SHOP LOCATION:
Loreburne Shopping Centre
High Street | Dumfries and Galloway | DG1 2BD
Monday to Saturday | 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Sundays | 11.30 am to 4.30 pm
If you're a maker, designer. artist, producer or indie business owner and are keen to find new ways to get your products in front of new customers in a prime location then apply today, the deadline was on the 12th May at midnight, but we are still accepting applications to be added to the waiting list. We are keen to collaborate with makers from across the region and beyond. We hope that we can work together to offer makers support and opportunities to grow their business and build their audience.
Please do help us spread the word if you know anyone that might be interested. You can of course save the date, rsvp to our official event over on facebook and invite friends and family and we hope you'll come and visit us. We will be sharing lots more details in the coming weeks on social media and to our mailing list. So why not follow along and see behind the scenes, updates and news as we plan this exciting pilot project. You can of course use the hashtag and tag us when you pop by and visit us when we open.