And a cherry on top …
The latest in our profiles of great independent Kirkcaldy businesses visits Gail Cadogan in the Merchants’ Quarter. Gail was brought up in Kirkcaldy and went to Balwearie High School. Today, she lives in Kinghorn with her family and runs a unique business in the town – Mycherrypie. We caught up with Gail to discover more …
Gail lives, eats, sleeps and breathes creativity. She studied Textile Design at Galashiels and continued her study years with a post grad in Art therapy. She explains: “I have a particular interest in the benefit of creativity to mental health and enjoy encouraging others to develop their own creative side.”
Her business – Mycherrypie Jewellery and Gifts – is based at the east end of Kirkcaldy High Street in The Merchants’ Quarter …
She opened in 2017. We asked how it started: “I got into business when my children were very young. I had three not yet at school and believed I needed a creative outlet for myself.” That was in 2010: she began making jewellery as gifts for her friends and gradually developed her skills and design through evening classes and tutorials.
Two years on from her shop opening, she now sells her beautiful jewellery and gifts in her own shop as well as through other shops and galleries across Scotland. Gail is conscious of the changes that have so affected Kirkcaldy’s High Street – and will continue to affect our town and others. Many speak of the damage internet shopping has done, but Gail embraces online. “I sell via my own website and also through the online handmade marketplace, Etsy.”
Gail recognises that selling in other shops and galleries enhances her brand and profile. She makes great use of social media with regular updates on her Facebook page where she’s even got an online poll that asks customers for their views and preferences of online versus bricks and mortar. And Gail’s has built a great following through Instagram …
Anyone who has visited Mycherrypie will know the vibrancy of Gail’s work. She says: “I work with colour and combinations of colour and pattern using copper enamel techniques in my own jewellery brand.” She is also passionate about her craft and helping others, saying: “I support other handmade sellers and encourage local makers and small sustainable producers from within Scotland as much as I can.”
Her work is stunning – and she sells a fabulous range: from earrings and bracelets to homeware including copper bowls, soy candles and trinket dishes. She also sells cards and stationery – and decorations. her stock changes regularly, so popping in to see Gail is a great option to hear what’s coming up.
Gail and her business are unique – but they are also typical of the fantastic spirit that is helping to attract independents to Kirkcaldy, improving the town’s offering and helping to change perceptions.
On a personal front, “raising three boys to be strong, caring and self assured individuals” is her greatest achievement. In the world of work? “Building a business from nothing to winning an Inspiration Award at Fife Business Awards.”
Talking of today’s climate, Gail says: “Customers want a transparent and reliable product and service that is of exceptional quality at a fair price. The integrity of my business is paramount to me, and I try to ensure that every area from design, quality of materials, packaging, after sales support is as good as I can possibly make it. I want my customers expectations to be surpassed on every level.”
Finally, as with all our profiles, we asked Gail what she’d recommend to someone visiting Kirkcaldy for the first time, or for the first time in a long time. “Go for a walk along the prom and on to Dysart and along the coastal path. Get a fish supper from Valentes … and eat it on Ravenscraig beach.” Sounds good to us!
Pop in to see Gail at Mycherrypie in the Merchants’ Quarter. She’s at 301 High Street.
You can call her on 01592 328931 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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