Retailer, Supplier & Artist Spotlight

Retailer, Supplier & Artist Spotlight

The Soap Story – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

Gift Shop Hub first discovered The Soap Story at the Spring Fair, the UK's No.1 gift and home trade show for the retail industry. There are many factors to consider when choosing which new products to stock in your shop. Price of course comes into play but more than often you’re just looking for...

Tina Iacovelli Accessories – Luxury Ladies Accessories

Tina Iacovelli Accessories is a Worcestershire based retailer of costume jewellery, quality leather handbags, scarves, cashmere ponchos & luxury shawls. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Tina about her luxury ladies accessories and new shop. How did you start out? I started my business 12 years ago and for want of anything better to call it, I...

Berni Parker Designs – Beautifully Illustrated Greetings Cards

Today's spotlight is on Berni Parker Designs, a family run company who produce beautifully illustrated greetings cards, gifts, stationery and prints. All their designs are created by Berni herself in her studio based in Far Forest. Their company offices are based in a lovely riverside town called Bewdley and all orders are sent from their fulfilment warehouse...

Artist Spotlight: Rob Richardson – Cult Horror and Sci-Fi Themed Designs.

Rob Richardson is a freelance illustrator and animator with over twenty years of professional experience and the mastermind behind FatRobot Illustration. With his current project Daemon237 (dee-mon!), Rob has created unique scream-printed apparel showcasing classic Cult, Horror and Sci-Fi themed designs. Forged from a shared love of the bizarre and the psychotronic, of pirates, sci-fi, horror, lucha...

Sketch a.k.a Carl Lavia – A London-based Sketch Artist

Sketch a.k.a Carl Lavia is a London-based sketch artist. Predominantly working with ink on archival paper. His subject matter has always been cityscapes. He chooses to depict the city from an aerial viewpoint, capturing an intensely intricate and delicate expansiveness. His earlier cityscapes were generally fictive, though now he has taken a new direction and is...

The Unique Gift Co – Gifts & Furniture From Recycled Wood

The Unique Gift Co is a partnership between Dave Christian and Jacquelyn Cook, who make gifts and furniture from recycled/foraged wood – plus anything else they can lay their hands on!  Tell us a little about The Unique Gift Co... Our ethos is to take something which is dead and give it a new lease of life.  We...

Septemberlegs – An Interview With Photographer Deborah Waters

Deborah Waters is a photographer and emerging artist behind Septemberlegs. Based in Sheffield, Deborah's work to date has been sold through stock agencies such as 4CornersImages and Alamy. Her themes loosely fits into a travel specialism, with emphasis on her passions for events, landscape images and street photography. Hi, Deborah, tell us a little about yourself... In truth, I am...

Flying Twigs – Truly Individual & Quirky Greeting Cards

Flying Twigs are a husband-and-wife business and they make greeting cards.  Gift Shop Hub spoke to the Cambridge based duo about their truly individual and quirky cards plus plans for the future... Hi, Flying Twigs, what do you do? We make good quality greeting cards!  We have respect for companies that make a range of products such as tea towels...

Dragonfly Cards and Gifts – An Award Winning Card & Gift Shop

Today's spotlight is on Dragonfly Cards and Gifts, an award winning card and gift shop run by mother and daughter team, Rita Knibbs and Rachael Barnes, in the picturesque market town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. How did you start out? Rita used to have a card shop in the nearby town of Wetherby, but sold it...

Meet The Maker Interview: Dave Draws – Doodle Based Illustrations

In our latest Meet the Maker interview, we get the lowdown on Dave Draws. A 26 year old illustrator from Manchester who specialises in black and white doodle based illustrations. Hi Dave Draws, describe your average day If I’m not working on a mural, I will get to my studio for 8:30/9 ish, work through emails and...

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Tips for Growing an Online Business

Growing an online business can be a tricky. As the director of e-commerce for a small business, I’ve had plenty of experience with establishing...