Shoppers in Huyton Village Centre can find unique, hand crafted gifts for Christmas and support local independent traders in the process.
The new Make Huyton Village Shop is now open from 11am to 3pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, showcasing original, handmade products designed by talented artists and makers from the creative community at Make Huyton Village on Derby Road.
The shop serves as a platform for makers who have studio space within Make Huyton Village, in the unit previously occupied by Boots, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their work and share their ideas with a wider audience.
The shelves of the Make Huyton Village Shop offer an assortment of one-of-a-kind products, and beyond the displayed items, many of the in-house artists and makers take commissions, offering the opportunity to create bespoke, personalised pieces.
Mia Tagg, Project Lead at Make Huyton Village, said: “The aim is to celebrate artistic endeavour and creative community in Knowsley and beyond. We are more than a shop; beyond the shop front lives a growing community of artists and makers. With products crafted right here on-site by the very hands that conceive them, the shop represents the creativity and craftsmanship of local talent. What sets Make apart is its dedication to developing and sustaining creative communities.”
The shop itself is a testament to up-cycling and the creative spirit and has been put together using recycled materials left behind from the former Boots store, from reclaimed wood for shelving to upcycled fixtures and fittings.
Mia added: “We don’t just want to make good things, but to make good things responsibly. We’re proud that the bones of our shop are sustainable, giving new life to materials and reducing our environmental footprint.”
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I think it’s fantastic that shoppers and visitors can go in and buy unique gifts made by local artists working right there on site. So instead of doing your Christmas shopping online why not pop in to your local town centre and support some of the local independent traders and the other fantastic retailers in our borough.”
To find out more about Make Huyton Village and take a look behind the scenes, sign up for one of the open days in January here.
For more information, visit www.makecic.org.