Here at Market Place, we love a new store – even more so when it’s a business that has been grown and nurtured right here at the centre. Regulars will recognise the team at Glassy Gardens, from their stall on the ground floor, but due to the success and popularity of their business, they have spread their wings and taken up residence in their very own store on the first floor. We caught up with the owner, Emma Summerfield to find out how it all began…
Tell us about your store…
Glassy Gardens is a unique, quirky, independent gift shop – perfect for that unusual gift. We offer living glass indoor gardens, eternal roses, candles, greetings cards and much more, plus we have Classy Boutique offering high quality Italian ladies fashion – not available on the high street.
So how did it all start?
Inspired by modern day apartment living, Glassy Gardens was established in 2016 by Emma and joined in 2017 by her mum Kay due to the success of the business, so it is a family run business through and through. With many people now living in apartments or houses with little or no gardens, the idea behind the business was to allow them some of the pleasures that a garden can offer – bringing a little of the outdoors indoors.
What is unique about the product you sell?
The Glassy Gardens (Terrariums) are all handmade and can be made to your specific requirements – to your home and style. They are ideal for a longer lasting gift – a modern alternative to a bouquet of flowers. Plus, the eternal roses are specially preserved fresh roses, displayed in a glass dome and are designed to last forever. All purchases are beautifully gift wrapped for that personal finishing touch
What are your top sellers?
The Glassy Gardens and the eternal roses are great sellers.
Why did you choose Market Place?
We started with a craft stand on the ground floor, which proved very popular with shoppers and we have built a great reputation, with many customers coming back to us time and time again. We felt we needed more space to extend the product ranges and what better place to do that, than in a magnificent centre like Market Place!
How do you feel about your new home?
We love the location and have redecorated and enhanced the unit to give it that unique feel. We have even put up chandeliers that can be seen from the ground floor when you look up – we do still have a pop-up banner on the ground floor to ensure people are aware that we have relocated.
What’s next for you?
We are currently working on a brand new website, so people can see the full range on offer plus we will be offering click and collect in store www.theglassygarden.co.uk
We are constantly looking to enhance our offer with unique products and also staying up to date with new trends.
Are there any trends you are spotting in your industry?
Customisation and personalisation are both big trends. Most of our products are unique and we offer bespoke designs to suit all tastes, so they are bang on trend right now. If you visit our store you can also get professional advice, personal service and a smile, which people are appreciating more and more.