28-year-old Bristol businesswoman Michelle Kingscott has worked in the card and gift sector in Broadmead for 12 years and has now opened her very own shop in The Arcade.
Card Shack has a bright, friendly atmosphere with a choice of exciting greetings cards and gifts handpicked from unique artists and suppliers. To emphasise being a Bristol independent, Michelle is offering opportunity to suppliers from Bristol with unique products to get them out there on the high street.
Michelle and her fantastic team have a goal to make Card Shack the best card shop in town.
The product is targeted to a PG audience with a good sense of humour and the ability not to be easily offended.
Michelle has answered a few questions about her new venture:
What made you want to open up a card shop?
I have worked in the card and gift industry in Broadmead for 12 years. The fast-paced environment and friendly customers has made my experience very enjoyable.
Are you designing cards yourself? Can independent designers submit their work/designs for you to consider?
As much as I would love to design cards myself, I just don’t have the time. I 100% back independent designers and would be honoured to have the opportunity to stock unique products in Card Shack.
The Arcade is known as the heart of independent businesses in Broadmead – is that why you chose to locate there?
As I have worked in Broadmead for 12 years (and grew up in Bristol) I know the area and customer base very well. The Arcade has built a strong reputation with independents and I was flattered to be given an opportunity to have a shop there. The footfall is buzzing and the other shops are brilliant and friendly.
What’s the funniest quote you’ve ever seen on a card?
Im a fan of the rude humour but I do love “Shake your melons – it’s your birthday” from Sooshi Cha Cha.
What advice would you give someone looking to set up an independent business?
Don’t give up. It will be a rollercoaster and you will probably feel defeated every day. If you believe in yourself, you will find a way around it. Starting this up with a full time job and two very young children has been the hardest challenge of my life and now it is the most rewarding.
Can designs be purchased or viewed online?
Are you able to make or order in bespoke cards?
Unfortunately we can’t offer this service at the moment, but this is definitely a long-term goal that we hope to offer in the future.
What other gifts and accessories do you have available?
We have a range of wrapping paper and gift bags. We offer a wrapping service for £1 per item.
We also have a range of PG rated small gifts such as mugs, badges, magnets, lighters, coasters and so on. We have a fantastic confectionery range supplied by ‘My Sweets and Treats’ based in Bristol. There’s tasty Gin jellies, cherry vodka fudge and so on!
We’re also working on Bristol souvenirs and would love suppliers to come forward with their products.