The Courtyard Shop is now open!

The Courtyard is delighted to have opened its brand new shop, just in time for Christmas!

The Courtyard Shop is officially open! On Tuesday afternoon (2 November), guests were invited to The Courtyard for the official opening of The Courtyard Shop, where they were greeted with prosecco and canapes on arrival. The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Paul Stevens, cut the ribbon. Also in attendance were the featured artists, their friends and family, donors and contributors and members of The Courtyard Trust Board.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Paul Stevens cutting a red ribbon in front of the shop doorway, smiling at the camera
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Paul Stevens cutting the ribbon

The Courtyard’s new retail space provides Herefordshire based brands the opportunity to sell their unique gifts, handmade crafts and artisan creations. As a result, it is a space to connect local makers to shoppers, creating a unique and memorable shopping experience.

“We can’t believe we’re finally here, the road to opening has certainly been a long one!” says Head of Marketing and Sales, Jessica Prosser, “Like everything, the pandemic put a big kink in the works. We had a successful card shop for quite some time and knew there was opportunity to grow. We wanted to create a shop filled with an array of quality, handmade items from a community of local makers and we’re thrilled that it’s finally happened!”

With the shop now officially open, one customer said “I have bought such lovely gifts from The Courtyard Shop today. All locally crafted and responsibly sourced. A real joy!”

The Courtyard Shop: A wooden stand with gifts on the shelves and two gold balloons in the sunlightTwo ladies smiling at the camera holding a glass of prosecco with people browsing shop items in the backgroundThe Courtyard Shop: An image of one of the shop stands lit in sunlight - textile animal heads

The Creators

The shop features work by a range of artists including self-proclaimed ‘magpie potter’ Jules Avery, 3D illustrator Katy Alston, and wood worker Eleanor Kercher among many others. There is something for everybody including a host of locally made children’s gifts, candles, ceramics, textiles and jewellery, so you have plenty of ideas to start your Christmas shopping!

The Courtyard Shop: A close up of ceramic jars on a shelf with gold balloons and a rack of cards in the backgroundThe Courtyard Shop: A close up of an abstract image of a face with other shop stands out of focus in the backgroundThe Courtyard Shop: A lady smiling at the camera stood next to a display of wooden crafted gifts, including a chair

Join the makers

There are over forty local makers featuring their work in The Courtyard shop so far. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in featuring your creations in our shop, you can apply here.

The proceeds from the new venture all go towards supporting The Courtyard Trust (charity no. 1067869) as well as an array of local independent artists.

The Courtyard’s Shop will be open from 10am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday, so pop in and have a browse!

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