It is that time of year again when we find ourselves thinking where to find the perfect present for our favourite member of the family who is just so hard to buy for. If only we were able to get to that lovely little shop in the small harbour town in Cornwall we visited back in the summer. Well, now there is a solution, simply visit the website The Cornish High Street.
This fantastic e-retail shopping experience launched in September and is providing shoppers with a virtual Cornish High Street where they can shop for everything from bespoke pieces of furniture, to spa treatment gifts, handmade jewellery and even arrange to have pasties and Cornish cream teas delivered direct to your door.
The Cornish High Street has been designed and developed by Jenny Pickles and Emilie Calhaem with the aim of providing the vast array of designers and producers here in Cornwall with a beautifully designed ecommerce space for them to promote and sell their goods. People like Susan Fowler, who is based in St Austell and makes one off pictures using pressed flowers, grasses and seaweed together with fabric and light catching media such as gem stones. Or Sally, who makes silver jewellery such as this bird necklace in her studio in Truro, taking her inspiration from the landscapes of the Isles of Scilly where she was lucky enough to spend her childhood.
When designing the look of the site, the team kept in mind the concept of a traditional High Street where you would find art galleries, clothing boutiques, book stores and delis. They want you to come onto the site and spend time meandering round the shops. The Cornish High Street has a photography gallery which lists amongst others, Alison Burns’ amazing limited edition 360 degree photos of Cornish harbours and iconic images such as Tall Ships.
Looking to the future, Jenny and Emilie really hope that more new and existing artists and designers will be joining the Cornish High Street site so that together artisan producers will be able to reach a wider customer group by collaborating together. With this in mind, the team produce a regular enewsletter to keep people up to date with the latest suppliers to join the site.
To sign up just email firstname.lastname@example.org your email and they will send you a welcome letter.