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We’re moving house!

We’ve been a little bit quiet recently as we’ve been very busy behind the scenes – and we’re very excited to tell you that we are moving into our own brand new shiny shop!

We’re leaving Handpicked Hall, but we’re not moving far – our new shop is located in the Grand Arcade directly underneath our old shop (which makes the transporting of stock and fixtures easy in principle)!

Our new shop window!

Our new shop window!

The more observant among you may notice that the window looks familiar – that’s because it was originally part of the downstairs section of Handpicked Hall.  When retailers relocated upstairs to the first floor of Handpicked Hall the downstairs area was sectioned off into new units – our neighbours The Traditional Shaving Company have already moved into the unit next to our new shop (so we will become neighbours once again!) and we are very excited that some of the other Handpicked Hall retailers have also leased other units within the Grand Arcade.  This means that the whole Arcade will be full of Independent Retailers of all shapes and sizes – and we can’t wait!

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So we’re been very busy decorating our lovely new shop in preparation for our move – we close our existing shop on Sunday 23rd March at 4.00pm and  we open our new doors on Thursday 27th March at 10.30am.  We will have new opening hours and will be open Tuesdays through Sundays….

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A little bit of colour going on the walls!

And as we love an excuse to party we decided to throw a Grand Re-Opening bash! The big event takes place on Saturday 29th March – join us between 10.30am and 6.00pm for a look around our new home, handmade chocolate tastings with The Chocolate Chest, homemade preserves tastings with The Harrogate Preserves Company, a glass of fizz, free goody bags with any purchases over £10, discounts and special offers by selected Collective members – plus live music in the Arcade from local band Weave  – it’s an event not to be missed!

Full details can be found on our Facebook Events page http://www.facebook.com/events/268198116686723/

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We are also welcoming some new sellers to join our shiny new shop –  Original Bob, Jil Made This and Life’s Big Canvas….

We will be sad to leave our little Handpicked Hall family but it’s time for us to strike out on our own to enable Our Handmade Collective to be THE Go-To destination for a handmade, handpicked gift shopping experience!

So please keep an eye on our blog posts, facebook page and twitter feed for all of our latest news!

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Claire Riley (co-founder) featured on UK Handmade Website

One of our co-founders, Claire Riley of Little Shop of Lathers, is featured this week on the UK Handmade website. She was interviewed as part of their “The Road Less Travelled” series which looks at people that left other careers to become full-time designer-makers.

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You can read the full article at http://ukhandmade.co.uk/content/road-less-travelled-claire-riley.

Meet the co-founders (part 1 of 2)

This week in the run-up to the opening of Our Handmade Collective shop we are taking time to meet each of the 21 makers. Our Handmade Collective was created by Claire Riley and Natalie Entwistle, and today we meet co-founder Claire Riley of the ‘Little Shop of Lathers’.

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Claire makes Handmade Natural Bath, Body & Shower Products and is based in Stanningley, Leeds.
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Claire says “Little Shop of Lathers was founded in 2012 out of the combination of a need for a creative outlet, a desire to work for myself, a longstanding love of using handmade natural products, my aromatherapy training and a habit of spending lots of time soaking in the bath!”
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Make sure you visit Our Handmade Collective, upstairs in Handpicked Hall, Grand Arcade, Vicar Lane, Leeds, when it opens on 14th June 2013. Claire will almost certainly be there to help you choose the perfect gift for you or your loved ones, and maybe you’ll even get to watch her making a bath bomb or two!