Four New Businesses come to the Town
Thursday, 13 December 2018
Dunfermline Delivers is delighted to report that several new businesses opened in the town centre in early 2018. Traditionally a quiet time for trade in the UK high streets, Lisa Edwards, Bid Manager commented: “Town centres throughout the country find trading conditions challenging just after Christmas but we’ve seen several new businesses open in the new year. Earlier this month the Kingsgate Shopping Centre also reported footfall was up 7.1 per cent year-on-year in January, a contrast when compared to the rest of Scotland which is down by 4.3 per cent, while across the UK, there’s a 3.1 per cent drop.”
Two of the new businesses are in Chalmers Street and two close to Mercat Cross in the High Street.
Sonia Harris Interiors has returned to Dunfermline and opened her new shop in Chalmers Street – she opened her first shop in the Maygate 14 years ago. ‘My launch date was Thursday 1 March, just as the Beast from the East struck,” laughs Sonia. Her business has built up a loyal following of customers in and around Dunfermline over the last 14 years. “I’m really happy to be back in Dunfermline. For the last three years I’ve been in Aberdour but Dunfermline appeals because of the better footfall and loads of parking in the Glen Bridge car park behind the shop.
As well as stocking home accessories Sonia provides a design consultation service, soft furnishings, curtains, blinds, upholstery, furniture and lampshade making.
Close by, in Chalmers street, is Donna Gilchrist’s new venture, Baby Scan Studio. Donna, a mid-wife, who works part-time for the NHS, has been overwhelmed with bookings from future grandparents and parents. “It’s very emotional – some of the grandparents have never seen a baby scan before. Customers have travelled from Dundee, Edinburgh, Perth, East Wemyss, Ireland and Kirkcaldy for their baby scans. As soon as one family had their scan they wanted to buy stuff for their baby so I was able to send them straight to Little Peas”.
Aileen and Tristan Wright, owners of Sew Yarn Crafty opened their second shop, the Sew Studio, in the High Street at the end of February. Larger premises were needed to accommodate their popular craft workshops. Aileen explained: “I used to work on cruise liners and loved hosting the events for passengers; now I really enjoy teaching the craft classes. Our classes have a wide range of people - many of our crafters are under 50 so we stock patterns with a vintage vibe such as Tilly and the Buttons, as featured on BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee.”
Aileen explained; “We moved from Ireland to jobs in Edinburgh and then two years ago we were walking down Dunfermline High Street when we saw the shop for sale. We’re delighted with how things are going – turnover is up on last year’s figures although we’re in this for the long game rather than focussing on short term figures.”
Stewart, 34 and Lynva Forrest, 33, have just opened a new cafe in Dunfermline called Cafe Wynd. After years spent studying a degree in film, and roles in location management, for productions such as Outlander, Stewart is returning to a former life in the cafe and restaurant business. Previous stints in the catering business included cooking for the boutique hotel restaurant, No 11 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, and for Harvey Nichols brasserie. Lynva is responsible for the interior – as Stewart explains: ‘I’m always taking more credit than I deserve but the design is definitely down to my wife’. The couple, who moved to Dunfermline from Edinburgh nearly three years ago, hope to offer a simple dinner menu on certain evenings. Hosting private functions is another longer term plan. In the meantime, the cafe menu offers a full breakfast, lunch menu and home-made cakes with gluten-free and vegetarian options.