Established in 2007, we are a quaint little gift shop full of beautifully hand crafted gifts and artwork made from eco-friendly, sustainable and recycled materials.
We stock a wide range of Fair Trade and Ethical products as well as the fabulous work of over 70 local crafters and artists, who also use the shop for regular demonstrations and workshops.
We work very closely with the local Schools, helping them with their Fair Trade projects. We also supply their school tuck shop with Fair Trade sweets and treats.
We work very hard to ensure that as many of our products as possible are hand made from eco-friendly, sustainable and recycled materials, sourcing our Fair Trade items through reputable and well-established UK importers who are registered with the World Fair Trade Association (WFTO) or the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS).
Our packaging is recycled too. We re-use as much as we can, so don't be surprised if your purchase arrives with you wrapped in pre-used packaging.
The Front Room is our coffee shop area.
We called it The Front Room simply because it's a room at the front of the shop!
We serve fairtrade teas, coffees, hot chocolates and juice drinks and a selection of fairtrade, free-from and vegan snacks and sweets. We don't have a kitchen so we can't prepare food, but we have a selection of muesli's which you can eat for breakfast at any time of the day. And there's usually a cake or two! You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch!
Our Front Room is dog friendly and there are always free doggie treats for our canine customers.
This area also serves as a gallery for local artists to display their work and there are books for you to read too. If it's a sunny day we have an outside seating area too!
We set up a charity knitting group which meets on the last Monday of the month in The Front Room. There is a box of wool and some needles here ......
ABOUT OUR LOGO
We wanted our logo to say something about us and we believe it does exactly that! We wanted it to be bright, bold and visually striking so we asked long-term friend and local professional artist, Rachel Ashton, to design it for us. The design is based around the Fair Trade logo and features a mythical multi-coloured bird carrying a lovingly wrapped present. This represents the multi-coloured personalities, faiths, cultures and diversity of the crafters and artists who work together to produce our wonderful items.
A BIT ABOUT THE BOSS AND HER ASSISTANT!
We are a husband and wife team.
Ellie is the manager of the shop and is responsible for keeping it stocked, arranging events, updating Facebook and keeping track of the accounts! Ellie has a background in secretarial, office management and event organisation from a varied and interesting 19 year career in the Civil Service. She is also a qualified and registered carer and works full time in a local nursing home looking after elderly people with dementia. Ellie is also Secretary to the Huntly Business Association. This is a voluntary position which aims to support local businesses, whether new start-ups or well-established, with peer support, experience, guidance and advice on all business-related matters.
Martyn runs his own garden design and maintenance business but looks after the shop on the days when Ellie is working at the nursing home. He spent 22 years in the RAF and has a background in economics.