Why we're leading the way in independent retail.
Speaking from the landmark store on Princes Street in Yeovil, owner of The Emporium Dawn Woodward said that she is excited about the future of retail in Somerset.
“Thanks to a wealth of vintage interiors and salvage programmes on the television, Somerset and the rest of the country has fallen back in love with independent retailers and vintage specialists. This is great news for the Emporium as we house over 80 independent retailers and local artisans, all offering something unique. Every visit feels like an adventure – there’s always something new to discover.”
“Because of the wide diversity of people that visit us at The Emporium it’s the perfect place to start and encourage fledgling businesses in the area and the whole place has a fantastic community spirit – we all help and support one another. That’s why when the opportunity came up to purchase the whole business in 2014 I knew it was the right thing for me to do. I’m passionate about making it an even bigger success, not just for myself, but for all of us that have been involved in its story. Yeovil is leading the way in creating a new type of shopping experience that showcases unique and individual gifts for all ages. The Emporium was voted business of the year 2016 in the Western Gazette Business Awards, it's great the we're being recognised as a serious, alternative trading model for local businesses in the town.”
Despite its prime position for over 7 years, many people from the area are still discovering its location on Princes Street for the first time “it’s brilliant when you see people’s excited reactions” added Dawn “it’s like they’ve entered Aladdin’s cave; they always wish they had more time because there’s so much to see.”