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Pop up shop helps to keep festive shopping local


By David Porter

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Discerning shoppers don’t need to travel far to find that special Christmas gift this year as the cream of local creative talent will be showcased at a pop-up event taking place in the historic village of Udny Green this festive season.

Writers, artists, crafters and small businesses will be hoping to tempt those looking for bespoke and original gifts with their unique range of books, art, furniture, fragrances, flowers, decorations and crafts when Fleeman’s Country Shop opens its doors on November 19.

In a year when small shops have been a mainstay of their communities, event organiser Jeannie Price hopes that gift hunters will continue to “shop local” and support the enterprise and talent on their doorstep when looking for that special Christmas present or stocking filler.

The line-up of sellers represented includes Rustic Look Aberdeen, Paper and Petals, Flowers by Ilvana, Thistle Rose Dolls, Northern Books, North Mains Farm Shop, Bramble Graphics, tweeds and cashmere by Valerie Mitchell, jewellery by Sue Robertson, Jo Gordon’s Pebble Art and local artist Debbie Smith.

Parfumier Tessa Williams joins the line up of local businesses.
Parfumier Tessa Williams joins the line up of local businesses.

In addition, Udny based writer and parfumier Tessa Williams will host a one-off exclusive introduction to her luxury range of fragrances on Saturday December 5 at 2pm.

Organiser Jeannie Price explained:” This has been a difficult year for many and the small local shop has provided vital support throughout tough times.

"Many of us have changed our shopping habits as a result and I hope that this event will encourage people to continue to support local when thinking about their Christmas shopping.

“Keeping everyone safe and well is a priority so shoppers will be asked to wear a face covering, hand sanitise on entering and leaving the shop and to observe social distancing.

"The number of individuals in the shop at one time will be restricted and I hope that folks will be patient if they have to queue.”

As well as organising the event, Jeannie will be selling copies of her recently published compilation of comic verse, “Beware the Odes of March”.

The former Aberdeenshire North Foodbank manager added: “There will be a donation point for the Foodbank just inside the shop so if people want to drop off non-perishable items or make a financial contribution to help individuals and families who are struggling, they can do so.”

The festive pop up will run on

Thursday November 19 and November 26 from 11am – 3pm (Tessa Williams, Flowers by Ilwana and Northern Books only)

Saturday November 28 and 29 from noon – 4pm.

Thursday December 2 from 11am – 3pm (Tessa Williams, Flowers by Ilwana and Northern Books only).

Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6 from noon – 4pm.

(Exclusive perfume event with Tessa Williams 2pm, Saturday December 5).

Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 from noon – 4pm.

Saturday December 19th and Sunday December 20 from noon – 4pm.



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