May 13 , 2020
Hi, we're Martin & Angela, a husband-and-wife team who are lucky enough to own Blueberry, a small independent gift shop in Minehead, West Somerset. We're always looking for new gift ideas and we became a Crystal Art stockist after their sparkly artwork caught magpie Angela's eye at a trade show. We find that it's a great way to create something beautiful, the process itself contributing to sense of mindfulness - a therapeutic effect that many of our customers also comment upon.
We stock a variety of projects, from sticker motifs and greetings cards to the large canvases, so that all of our customers can enjoy the art, no matter their craft experience.
Below is a little bit more information about us that we thought you might like to read.
How long has Blueberry been in business for?
We celebrate our fifth birthday in June! It only feels like yesterday we opened our doors :)
What do you enjoy most about running Blueberry?
It might sound a bit corny, but we do actually love to make people's day. It makes us happy when we've helped our customers find the perfect gift for themselves or their loved ones.
During normal times, do you take part in at any local fairs or exhibitions?
We try to get out to the local markets in Watchet and Minehead where we can - Crystal Art has been our best seller there, to the point where we have been exclusively trading it at the markets. We found a lot of our regular Crystal Art customers through these markets.
Do you find people keep coming back for more Crystal Art?
We do get a lot of repeat customers, often looking for bigger, more challenging projects! In our experience, it's always good to have a 30x30/40x50 canvas on the go so that people can try it - the kids seem more willing to have a go than the Mums & Dads! Being mounted on a wooden frame is definitely a plus & we've even converted a few who are experienced Diamond Art-ers with the convenience of not having to find a framer!
Do you have any sizes are designs that are particularly popular in your shop?
We find that the cards, 30x30 and 40x50s are our best sellers, especially the Anne Stokes designs
What sort of town is Minehead and are there any other nearby towns customers would come from?
We're a little seaside town, most famous for having one of the last remaining Butlin's in the country as well as the longest steam heritage railway in England, so we get a lot of visitors from all over the country :)
The image below of the Stags at the Waterfall, was actually taken on Minehead beach, with Minehead's most prominent feature, North Hill. The Stags were a particularly good sellers for us because we're right on the doorstep of the Exmoor National Park which is famous for stag/deer :)
For more information about us please visit our website - click here. We also post out and delivery to the local area, so if you are in Minehead or surrounding areas, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you. You can also find us on Facebook - Click here