As retail moves online, the big-brand ‘High Street’ is changing rapidly.
“Shoppers want something different and you can find it at Siop iard, ‘Stryd y Plas’. You can buy a special gift or unique artwork, all made here on the premises. Then move on to enjoy a coffee and something tasty to eat before visiting the other independent shops in the street. Perhaps Caernarfon is leading the way in destination retailing?” says Angela Evans, sterling silver and mixed-media jeweller.
Promoting high-end craft is all in a day’s work for three local artisans who have recently collaborated to bring their workshops to the ‘High Street’. At ‘Siop iard’ in Stryd y Plas, Caernarfon, artists Ann Catrin Evans, Angela Evans and Dave Stephen are benefiting from shoppers’ demands for a quality local product and unique retail experience.
The community group received funding to renovate a studio – ‘Saith’ at iard Glynllifon and they have created a luxury art and craft resource room. This project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007–2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. ‘Saith’ is available to hire for up to 40 people for courses, conferences, as a space to make art work, lectures and other events.