Readers will know I’m a huge supporter of independent businesses. The HWO household is HQ to two businesses so we understand the highs and lows running a business brings. One particular high this year was winning a place in the #smallbiz100 which celebrates 100 small businesses across the nation. There was only one other winner in Wiltshire so we only felt it fitting to do a feature!
Beth runs Beeze’s in Devizes, a shop bursting with unique and quirky gifts made by other small, independent makers. There are a handful of products that are from the bigger producers which complement the other products.
Opened in August 2017, Beth has worked hard to secure a huge 55 different sellers within the shop with everything from candles, jewellery, home wares and crafts. With a background in both hospitality and running her own jewellery business, Beth also understands just how difficult it can be to get your product out there and find someone to stock the products you’ve spent hours creating.
Beth has learnt over the last year to always expect the unexpected – those products that you think might not do so well are the ones that fly off the shelf and sell out! An prime example of this are the ‘sh*t happens’ doggy poo bag holders that Beth sourced at a trade expo. These are still among the top sellers now!
Beezes is situated in an area in Devizes called ‘The Ginnel’. All shops are independently run and everyone supports each other when days are tough – in fact the day I popped in, a glass of prosecco from next door was delivered!!
This year has had its ups and downs for the store with the Beast from the East, the soaring summer temperatures, the World Cup and the never ending roadworks in Devizes have affected sales. The shop is a supporter of the Just a Card campaign which was set up when Artist & Designer Sarah Hamilton saw the quote “If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open” by store keepers who’d recently closed their gallery. These words really rang true for me!
Beth will be taking Beezes to the Swindon Outlet for a pop up store from 10 November to 23 December. Be sure to visit either the store in Devizes or the pop up in Swindon!