Cosy up this winter at community changing pop-up shop in Enfield opening 10 November

Cosy Cove, Enfield’s only pop-up shop powered by volunteers on the Retail Ready People project, will be open and ready for business in the heart of Enfield town centre at 11am on Saturday 10 November for three weeks only. Cutting the ribbon will be Nick de Bois, MP for Enfield North and he will be joined by Mark Rudling, Enfield Town Centre Manager, to celebrate the town’s involvement in the project.

Cosy Cove marks the beginning of pioneering voluntary project Retail Ready People, a FREE 12-week skills development and volunteering programme giving 16 – 25 year olds the chance to set up and run a pop-up shop in their local area.

The volunteers are creating a space where locals can celebrate the Enfield community, helping to repair some of the damage done to the area’s reputation following last year’s riots. Throughout November, Cosy Cove will be located at 16 Burleigh Way, and will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am until 5pm plus evenings where the creative hub will come alive with workshops.

The Enfield volunteers have opted to provide their customers with a space where they can relax and check out the range of seasonal offerings, homeware, natural skincare products and other handmade products made by local people.

Mark Rudling Enfield Town Centre Manager, Enfield Business and Retailers Association said: “Retail Ready People will provide a timely boost to the local area supporting young people, local employers and the community as a whole.  It’s a fantastic initiative and we are really proud and honoured that Enfield has been chosen by Retail Trust and vInspired as one of the first locations. I would encourage everybody in the community to get involved.”

Ellen Louise Patmore, who is heading up the News and Promo team, said: “Following the riots last year, we want to challenge people’s negative perceptions of young people stereotypes about young people. What better way than creating a relaxing comfortable place where the community can get together and get kitted out for winter at the same time?”

Keep up to date with Cosy Cove on Twitter @cosycoveretail and #retailready, or to register for the workshops call 07960 594 681.

The first pop-up shop, Make Away in Brighton, in the pioneering project Retail Ready People opened on Saturday 3 November. Live screen-printing in the shop window attracted shoppers who customised their own t-shirts designs from local artists. Other items include artists’ prints and hand-made jewellery. Find out more at www.make-away.com or on Twitter @make_away and #retailready. To see photos from the launch of Make Away, see www.retailtrust.org.uk/makeaway or to view a video to see how it all works, visit www.youtube.com/retailtrust.

 

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