Whee! So Podarok has officially survived it’s first year. Well done us! It has been a year of great change and we have had so much fun sourcing new products and finding out what you all want in a shop. We have won awards for customer service, been a finalist in window dressing competitions, been to trade shows and found amazing new pretties and taken on some fantastic new staff, which has all helped make our little company be an amazing place to be for everyone involved.
We have increased our ranges from the ever popular Lush Designs, the wonderful Michael Michaud and the striking By-Lin bags. We have also been working closely with up and coming new designers and artists to really push the boat out in terms of unique and individual gifts. We introduced a range of Fabric Stag heads, from A Wooden Tree in Scotland late last year, which have proved to be a roaring success and will be up on our website very soon (as soon as we can get more made!). Also rising to fame last year were Tommy and Zac’s fabric and cabochon pressed earrings, and Kate Lycett’s beautiful tealight holders. Pop over to our facebook page to see them in action.
Our plans for this year will see the Podarok name become a bit more prominent, as we are opening another store! We will keep you posted as to where it will be, but the minions are working hard to find the best place to start to make our little shop into a national brand. Also, and very excitingly, we will be renovating our Cambridge shop this year. We plan to make the shop into a ‘wonderlandish’ Fairy Woodland. We want to make our shops into a place where people can really feel good and have a fantastic shopping experience - we hope you will like it!
With the economic downturn we have had to work hard to counteract all the challenges faced by independent businesses, but we have had a rocking Christmas and Podarok is here to stay, all thanks to you lovely lot. To say thank you, we will continue to work just as hard to make sure you are all continually happy with what we have in store for you. Thank you, and may your New Year be full of fun and happiness!