2014 – what a year it’s been!

Wow, what a year we’ve had this year! And now we’ve had some time to relax over our Christmas break, we decided to take a look back over it all….

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In February we received the sad news that Handpicked Hall had gone into administration and we had to move from our home…

In March, after a busy month of redecorating and moving fixtures, fittings and a lot of stock, we moved into our new permanent home, directly underneath where we were previously and held our Grand re-opening party!

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April saw the majority of our fellow retailers within Handpicked Hall also move to their own retail units within the Grand Arcade, and the Home of Independents was on the rise!

In May we achieved our number one rating for Shopping in Leeds on Tripadvisor (within two weeks of joining), and thanks to the fabulous reviews of our great customers and visitors we’re proud to say that we’ve retained the top spot since then!

In June we celebrated the milestone of our first birthday with our Big Birthday Bash…a whole weekend of celebrations!

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In July we welcomed the Tour De France to Yorkshire with the Grand Depart, and took part in the Duke Studios Leeds Indie Bikes campaign to help put 120 Leeds Independent retailers on the map…

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In September we were extremely proud and humbled to be awarded the Best Place to Shop in the Leeds Love Affair Independent Business Awards, and we received our shiny award from the lovely Mr Matthew Burton of Educating Yorkshire fame in a very excellent awards ceremony held at The Tetley…

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October saw us preparing for Christmas with our Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine Christmas Shopping Event – and a fun night was had by all! We were truly overwhelmed at the sheer volume of customers who came along to support us and make such a memorable event for us…

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In November we were delighted to be described as ‘A Hidden Gem’ in Your Home – a National Magazine no less!

December saw us, along with the rest of the Grand Arcade Retailers, take part in Small Business Saturday, a national day to recognise small, local businesses.  We also held (by popular demand) our second Christmas Shopping event, More Mistletoe, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine, and once more we were overwhelmed at our lovely customers for supporting us and coming to visit us to do their Christmas Shopping! We also ran our own 12 Days of Christmas to showcase just a few of our handmade gifts which you guys all seem to love so much…

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We’ve had such a lot of highs this year – we’re blessed to have a great family in our makers, we have amazing customers, loyal supporters and a gorgeous little shop that we’re extremely proud of! We’ve made a lot of new friends this year and met many like-minded individuals who are as passionate about their Independent businesses as we are.

On behalf of all our makers, we’d like to thank you all for being part of our journey this year.  We wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you get all you wish for in 2015! We re-open on 2nd January, with our Big Sale, some new makers to introduce to you and lots more news and reviews!

Love, Claire & Natalie x

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