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Glasgow store among double finalists at 2019 gift retailer celebrations


SPIRITO are hoping to add to this year’s awards haul as the greetings and gifts retailers have two nominations in the 2019 Greats Awards.

Having just won the Best Gift Shop In Glasgow title which takes them through to the Scotland’s Business Awards finals, they are now up for Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year Scotland at the Greats with sales assistant Marion Johnstone (pictured) one of six finalists in the Retail Employee category.
“We’re absolutely delighted for Marion,” Spirito owner Denise Laird said, “she’s an inspiration to us all. And we’re over the moon at the shop being shortlisted too.”
Marion’s up against Mark Alexander, National Memorial Arboretum, Airewas, Staffs;
Louise Franco, The Present, Barnet, London; Linda Tandy, Joco Interiors, Nuneaton, Warwickshire; Marjory Wilson, Between The Lines, Farnham, Surrey, and Beverly Yates, Maddison, Harborne, Birmingham – each of their stores are also finalists in their regional categories.
Joe Davies and Lesser & Pavey are among the 12 finalists in the Best Service To The Independent Gift Retailer sector, with the full list of 2019 Greats nominations below.
Now in their 17th year, the Greats Awards celebrate the top independent and multiple gift retailers along with one-off niche stores and garden centres. The winners will be announced at the Walk On The Wild Side-themed ceremony on May 19 in the ballroom at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Greats Awards 2019 Finalists

Retail Employee Of The Year
Mark Alexander, retail manager, National Memorial Arboretum, Airewas
Louise Franco, shop manager, The Present, Barnet
Marion Johnstone, sales assistant, Spirito, Glasgow
Linda Tandy, manager, Joco Interiors, Nuneaton
Marjory Wilson, head of customer services/store manager, Between The Lines, Farnham
Beverly Yates, shop manager, Maddisons, Harborne

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – London (Inside M25)
Caxton, Temple Fortune
Giftbox, Uxbridge
Lily King, Willesden Green
Map Gift Shop, Holloway
My Favourite Things, Raynes Park
The Present, Barnet

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Home Counties, South & South East
Arrowsmiths, Broadstairs
Bert’s Homewares, Brighton & Hove
Etcetera, Hitchin
No 14, Ampthill
Papillion Living, Brighton
Threads Gift Shop, Harpenden

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – East Anglia
Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh
Cloud Nine, Market Deeping
EmZo, Bacton
Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea
Loft & Spires, Bury St Edmunds
Myriad & Mundfords, Mundford

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Midlands & Wales
Bentleys, Stourport, & Maddison, Harborne
The Celtic Company, Welshpool
Chi Chi Gifts & Interiors, Lickey
Joco Interiors, Nuneaton
Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley & Stourport
Nest, Stoneygate

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – North & Northern Ireland
The Bottom Drawer, Portadown
Hand Picked By Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith & Poynton
The Lion Gallery, Penrith
Pure Inspiration, Ramsey
Williams of Audlem, Audlem
Within Reason, Sheffield

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – South West
Brocante, Fowey, Mavagissey, St Ives
Daisy Park, South Molton
Jo Amor, Tiverton
Number 36, Penzance
Paprika, Bath and Chippenham
Soukous, Bristol

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Scotland
Baxter’s Of Stranraer & Gallery 34, Stanraer
The Lion’s Paw, Renfrewshire
Orsay, Oban
Papyrus, Glasgow
Ruby Red, Milngavie
Spirito, Glasgow

Best Newcomer – South & Wales
Barefoot Living, Norfolk
Highworth Emporium, Highworth
Huus, Halesworth
Josies Interiors, Bideford
Maybugs Gifts & Home, Hailsham
Sunshine And Snow, Bideford

Best Newcomer – Midlands, North & Scotland
The Hummingbird At Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury
Kemps General Store, Malton
Kimora Fashion & Lifestyle, Barrowford
Magenta Trends, Annesley Woodhouse
Mooch On St Giles Street & Mooch In Bell, Northampton
Walter & May, York

Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer (4 Or More Shops)
Between The Lines
House Of Cards
The Lemon Tree
National Trust
Vinegar Hill

Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts
Daniels Of Windsor
Fenwick, Newcastle
John Lewis
One Forty, Cranleigh
Selfridges, Oxford Street, Birmingham, Manchester

Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts
The Baobab, Reading
Gower Gallery, Mumbles
Hartley Coffee House & Farm Shop, Cranbrook
House UK
Oliver Bonas
Papilio At Heritage, Thornbury

Best Lifestyle And Homewares Retailer Of Gifts
The Emporium Interiors, Clitheroe
House & Garden at Snape Maltings, Snape
Love Thy Interiors, Thirsk (2 shops)
The Java Store, Norwich
Orange Tree, Topsham
Treehouse City, Aberdeen

Best Gift Retailer Of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories
Bijouled, Harrogate
Melbury Gallery, Sherborne & Dorchester
MiMi (hw), Hartley Wintney
The Nancy Smillie Shop, Glasgow
The Silver Shop, Bath
Uno, Mumbles

Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts
Bents Garden & Home, Glazebury
Burford Garden Centre, Burford
Garsons, Esher & Titchfield
Longacres, Bagshot
Otter Nursery, Ottery St Mary
Woodcote Green, Wallington

Best Museum Or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop
Blenheim Palace, Blenheim
Imperial War Museum, London
National Memorial Arboretum, Airewas
Sledmere House Gift Shop, Sledmere
Royal Opera House, London
V&A, London

Best In-Store Or Window Display
Brit Maison, Cockfosters
Chi Chi Interiors, Lickey
Highworth Emporium, Highworth
Lulu Loves, Stubbington
Pure Inspiration, Ramsey
Soukous, Bristol

Best Online Or Mail Order Gift Retailer
JD Williams
Oliver Bonas
The Present Finder

Best Retailer Initiative
Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh – Angels Wings window & initiative
Hand Picked By Henrietta, Chapel En Frith & Poynton – Henrietta Selfie Saturday promotion
Josie’s Interiors, Bideford – Happy Home Makers Loyalty Club promotion
Oliver Bonas – collaboration with UK Youth
Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley – two-hour parking initiative campaign & Festive Trail
Swagger, Chipping Sodbury –Swag Bag initiative

Best Service To The Independent Gift Retailer
Ashleigh & Burwood
East Of India
Gisela Graham
History & Heraldry
Joe Davies
Lesser & Pavey
Nemesis Now
Widdop And Co

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