Town Catalyst CIC (community interest company) is delighted to announce the launch of its pilot project in Dunbar. "The Makery" will take up residence on the Dunbar High Street offering unique papercut and letterpress art, special occasion gifts, and graphic design services.
Run by local artist Emma Westwater, with the support of her partner Murray Calder, The Makery aims to be a welcoming creative space where the people of Dunbar can access the professional design, materials, machines and processes needed to bring their creative ideas to life.
"We're delighted to be the first incubee for the Town Catalyst project," said Emma. "Having lived and worked in Dunbar for the last 8 years it's exciting to have a High Street presence that provides a focal point for our work and Town Catalyst has made that a reality. We look forward to serving the people and businesses of Dunbar and further afield from 98 High Street."
The Makery will retail acrylic and wooden jewellery, personalised cards, personalised handmade gifts, and papercut and typographical art. It will also be the only destination in East Lothian to offer walk-in laser cutting services. This female led, family business also hopes to take commissions from customers to produce custom papercuts, jewellery, and typographical prints by working with The Makery team or from their own artwork.
Everything sold in the shop will be designed and made on site. It is hoped that The Makery will complement existing High Street businesses and attract more people from across East Lothian to Dunbar.
Town Catalyst CIC, with the support of East Lothian Council, is providing subsidised premises and running costs for a six-month incubation period. Town Catalyst is also assisting with the fit out of the new shop, with support from Zero Waste.
"We want to reverse the demise of the traditional high street in Scotland by removing some of the risk for new fledgling businesses," explained Simon Hill, Town Catalyst Director. "By investing in local talent, we hope to encourage the establishment and growth of businesses that enrich the local community."
The six-month incubation period is intended to help the new business build a solid foundation for success and get through the difficult start-up process. After six months it should be established, with a solid client base, and the means to run profitably without support.
"New retail businesses face tough competition from out of town developments and internet shopping, so they need all the help they can get," says Hill. "The High Street is the heart of any town and the whole community benefits when it's healthy and thriving."
Source Design is open now at 98 High Street, Dunbar.
10am-5pm Monday to Saturday