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Davora – Specialist Greeting Card Publisher

Happy Diwali Card
Davora is a specialist greeting card publisher with a focus on niche ethnic and so-called minor season occasions. Their ranges cover Eid, Diwali, Jewish New Year, Hanukkah, Jewish occasions, Chinese New Year, Christian cards, Saint Days and many more! Based in Stockport, Cheshire. How did you start out? By accident! In my previous life I was a...

Sweet Design Studio – Contemporary Ethnic Greeting Cards

Sweat Design Studio Cards
Sweet Design Studio is a contemporary ethnic greeting cards and gift brand that celebrates women through their body shape, race, culture and passion. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Founder/Designer Ese Akpojotor about this exciting range of cards. Hi Ese, Tell us a little about you or your company... I am the founder and designer of Sweet Design Studio....

The Soap Story – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

The Soap Story Git Selection
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 Lacovelli Home Decor
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

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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...

5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas

John Miller from the Artisna Marketplace loves everything artistic. Here's his 5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas with the message that something handmade is something straight from the heart. Now, we all like to go shopping. We all like to splurge and pile on until we drop, but soon after that we are on our way to a less...

Skylight Media – Designing & Building Beautiful Websites

During the last fourteen years in business, Skylight Media have been working with Greeting Card publishers and Giftware companies, designing and building beautiful and powerful websites for them. This has given us great insight and experience of the market so we're now ready to offer our services to the UK Gift Shop community. Our ability...

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

Horror Valentines Day Cards
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

Carl Lavia Poster
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
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...

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6 Ways Gift Shops Can Use Online Marketing to Boost Sales...

Charlotte Biggs from the Card & Gift Network looks at 6 ways gift shops can use online marketing to boost sales in 2018… Just before...