Local events firm Love Southsea have partnered with curated community shop space South Coast Emporium to give Portsmouth creatives a brick-and-mortar place to sell their wares.
South Coast Emporium, sited on the corner of Elm Grove just off Albert Road, comprises countless rooms filled with an excitingly eclectic range of artwork, books, clothing, ornaments, jewellery, and all manner of other collectables and tchotchkes.
The partnership with Love Southsea will allow local artists, crafters, collectors, and traders to book space at the emporium online.
Love Southsea director Lulu Whitmore said: “We’re always looking for new sustainable ways of supporting local businesses — it’s why we started the Love Southsea Markets back in 2009! The markets continue to grow and thrive, but they’re only a twice-a-month fixture.
“When we visited the South Coast Emporium, it felt like someone had meticulously condensed a Love Southsea Market into a permanent brick-and-mortar shop. I loved it! So I decided to stock Love Southsea merch in there to see how well sales would go.
“The results were brilliant for both our clothing and artwork, so I spoke to South Coast Emporium director Shane about the possibility of a partnership with Love Southsea, in which we’d be the online arm of the enormous eclectic community space.
“He was just as excited as I was, and so, space at South Coast Emporium is now available for booking through the Love Southsea website. We’ll also be leveraging our leading local social media influence to promote the creatives who take up space at the emporium.
“The whole idea of the partnership is to get local businesses and artists to take the products and creations they have no home for and put them in a place where they’ll turn a profit, while also getting their name out there through the shop and through our promotion.”
South Coast Emporium also comprises a hairdressing salon and a cabaret-themed coffeeshop, which hosts live music on the weekends.
The spaces will be managed by the friendly staff at South Coast Emporium, which is open seven days per week, from 9:00am ‘til 5:00pm. Traders can come and pick their stock up at any time when they need it for markets and other events.
There are whole 3metre by 2metre or 2metre by 1.5metre spaces available, as well as smaller shelf and table spaces.
This includes photography promotion across Love Southsea’s social media, which reaches hundreds of thousands of people in Portsmouth and wider Hampshire every week.
Traders can book their space at South Coast Emporium through the Love Southsea website.