Artisans invited to sample Serendipity

Artisans are being given a great opportunity to sell their products in a Berwick town centre shop.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 21 February, 2016, 06:50
Berwick pop up shop., Serendipity

Serendipity was formed in 2013 – a rare success story of the town’s much-maligned Portas project.

There are currently 18 local artists and craftspeople selling their work in the Marygate shop, manned by the artisans themselves.

The aim is to have as broad a range of artistic disciplines as possible.

At the moment this includes a fine artist, woodturner, leather work, ceramicist, jewellery, textiles and many more.

Serendipity also has a new guest artist scheme which enables artisans to take a stand for two months.

They will pay rent but not have to work in the shop so it is ideal for people starting out who may still be working or have other commitments on their time.

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Serendipity began as a pop-up shop, the town team then in charge of the Portas project seeing it as a good way to address concerns about the number of empty retail units in the town centre.

The town team negotiated a deal with the landlord of the former Cancer Research shop with Serendipity’s artisans covering the rental costs.

Since then it has established itself as one of the best shops on the street.

Julie Lockie, one of the artisans, said: “Serendipity is an excellent opportunity for small artisan businesses and talented craftspeople to sell their products in a prime high street location.”

She added: “The shop has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years and is the first place many local people come to when looking for a special and unique gift.”

For more information on the shop, contact the Facebook page at Serendipity Local Artisans or call into the shop for a chat.