As many of you will have noticed there is a “TO LET” sign above our first shop at number 11 Colinton Road. Do not worry we have a plan. And a little statement for you.
It is no secret that Retail is seeing some very significant changes. There are large High Street chains that have fallen and many more in trouble from both higher costs and changing customer behaviour. We are not on that scale, but we are not immune to either the rising costs or the trend to online. Moreover, it is hard for small businesses to compete when big stores are in a “permanent sale” death spiral.
Needless to say, as a business which exists to import goods from other European countries there is nothing positive in Brexit for us. We can currently place orders in Sweden that can arrive without any customs paperwork or tariffs, sometimes delivered faster than a similar UK distributor. None of this can be guaranteed after Brexit.
In 2019 we have the option to exit from one of our leases, and if we didn’t exercise that option we are committed to another three years. We have decided to do just that.
We will be combining our Gift and Home stores into the shop at 15 Colinton Road. Having two shops was an opportunity to explore new brands and we can take the best of both shops and continue to offer a fresh and exciting range. 15 is the new 11 :)
We believe in our shop and know the tremendous love our customers show for us which we are so incredible proud and grateful for. We are viewing this as a tactical retreat, a chance to regroup and weather the economic storm. But also a great opportunity for us to be creative and test new ideas.
Bruntsfield and Morningside have great independent businesses, working hard to make the area a vibrant and attractive place to live. They rely on local people as customers, they employ local people as staff. If you buy or see things you like, please be vocal about it – tell your friends, share links on social media, leave ratings or recommendations. We are part of a wonderful community and we love being a social hub. But most of all we love bring stylish, contemporary, happy and affordable Scandinavian and Nordic Design to you.
Charlotte and Richard xxx