Edinburgh independent cookshop and hardware store Houseproud of Morningside is taking time out all this week to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Proprietor Anne Williamson told HousewaresLive.net that the festivities would include champagne for customers, giveaways and raffle prizes.
Williamson’s father-in-law John Williamson bought the business in 1984 and ran it as a traditional hardware/ironmongers shop until he retired 10 years later, when his son Philip and wife Anne took over.
“In 2005 the adjoining property came up for rental and an opportunity arose to further expand the business,” she said. “We went ahead and extended the shop through to form a large cookshop, leaving the original premises with scope to expand the hardware, houseware and gardening lines.” The cookshop now occupies 65sq m and hardware 55sq m.
Sadly, in September 2006 at the age of 44, Philip Williamson died suddenly. However, Anne Williamson went on: “Thanks to the fantastic staff I have, it has been possible for me to carry on the family business,” she said. “Running the business has helped me deal with bereavement and kept me focused on bringing up my children.
“I have lots of plans and ideas for the shop and slowly and surely I’m putting these in place. I’d like to think about a stock control system. And I’m always looking at new lines and new suppliers. Within Morningside we do have a lot of gift shops and they’ve moved into the housewares market, so I need to up my game and be more competitive.”
This week’s 25-year celebrations are running from Monday to Friday, and include champagne and shortbread for customers and a 25%-off sale on selected lines. There have been free gifts for 25 lucky customers daily, and raffle prizes have been donated by suppliers Horwood, D & C Supplies and Kitchen Craft. The shop has also built a window display showing 25 years of changing trends.