Set has been one of our go-to shops for many years. Perfect for quirky gifts, funny birthday cards, interior inspiration and beautiful bits and bobs, it’s become a huge favourite in the city. We caught up with the owners for this week’s BID Spotlight to find out about changes at the shop.
After a tough few months for retail we can now all enjoy the city centre being back open again. As people head back out to their favourite shops, cafes and restaurants, how has it been for those people in charge? Set is one of our favourite independents, so we caught up with Stuart to find out!
How has life changed at Set following the lockdown?
Well it’s a lot quieter! Its been really nice to see some of our regular customers again and to get a sense that things can slowly return to normal.
You’re now back open, what are some of the key changes you’ve put in place?
Shorter hours, limited customer numbers, social distancing, screens and a sanitising cleaning regime, are all in place to keep us protected and reassure customers. And its working well, with people finding there way back into the city after so long away.
What did you miss most about the shop?
The truth is a bit of a cliché, but we did miss our colleagues and customers, in particular the 4 legged ones, come back Bobby the poodle we love and miss you! Its all about the work life balance and it was nice to have more time with family at home as well.
How would you describe the shop and what you sell for anyone who hasn’t visited?
Set is quite unique in its approach and way of doing things, which make it hard to categorise, but if pushed I would say… A contemporary gift, card and jewellery store to inspire and amuse.
What are some of your favourite items that you stock?
We all have different favourites, mine and Grace’s are some of the card brands, Buddy Fernandez and Nottingham family business, Art file spring to mind. Lisa and Helen love their new Cabbage White England silver range of layered necklaces and Wolf and Moon’s geometric styles. Finally Oliver, Julia and Megan all love the new pen and stationary must haves.
You’re located at Highcross opening out onto Highcross, what do you enjoy most about where the shop is?
I love the fact that we are in and out of the Highcross! Being still on the High Street links us with our neighbourhood of fellow Leicester indies. At the same time it allows us to mix with the multiples and chains, perfect.
How do you find Leicester as a city to run an independent business in?
Leicester is a fantastic place for independents, with established and new businesses all around the city and in particular the Loseby Lane and St Martins area. Other cities push indies out on to the margins of the town, but here we are centre stage. The size and compactness of the centre is a great advantage, in particular now when people are mindful of their safety.
Where/how can people find out more about you?
Follow us, @setleicester on all the usual social media and find out what’s new, what’s coming and what we do.
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