Volunteers fired up after a booming start at pop-up shop Make Away in Brighton’s Lanes
Customers made away with their bespoke t-shirts at the Make Away pop-up shop in Brighton on Saturday, as part of unique offering Retail Ready People that gives young people the chance to set up and run shops in empty units in their town.
Live screen-printing in the shop window piqued the interest of passers-by in Brighton’s Lanes, who were then invited to customise their own t-shirts to take away, featuring designs from local Brighton artists.
Volunteers treated their customers to free pizza and serenaded them with live music while they created their t-shirts and shopped for other items including artists’ prints and hand-made jewellery.
The Make Away pop-up shop, which is the first in a series of pop-ups shops as part of Retail Ready People organised by Retail Trust and vInspired, will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am – 5pm for all of November. Evening workshops will bring the space alive in the evening: button-covering, felting, jewellery-making and screen-printing. Find out more at www.make-away.com or on Twitter @make_away and #retailready, or to register your interest for the workshops, please call 07792 855 867.
The next pop-up shop, Cosy Cove, as part of Retail Ready People will be opening in Enfield on 10 November at 11am where volunteers will be kitting out their public with essential toasty accessories like gloves, hoodies, and hats as well as skincare and homecare products from local suppliers.
Make Away, Brighton, details:
Pop-up shop: Take-away do-it-yourself screen printed t-shirts, bags & cards and handmade artwork by local artists in Brighton. Featuring special events and workshops.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am - 5pm
Location: 18 Brighton Square, Brighton BN1 1HD – in the heart of the lanes
More details: Launch http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/107788432711795/?fref=ts, website http://www.make-away.com/
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Notes to Editors:
Retail Ready People
Delivered in partnership by vInspired and Retail Trust, Retail Ready People is a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme which gives 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a high street shop in their local area. Retail Ready People provides training and support as well as practical skills and experience to help young people find out more about retail careers, progress and get promoted. www.retailtrust.org.uk/rrp
Retail Trust (registered charity numbers 1090136 and SC039684) is the only charity that looks after the needs of all 3 million people working in retail and currently provides grants and services of approximately £1.5 million per annum to people who are working in or have worked in the retail industry or associated businesses. www.retailtrust.org.uk
vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering - for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions - offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities. Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities. www.vinspired.org