If you needed any more evidence that we live in the best city, how about this?
Having already been acclaimed ‘the best place to live in Britain’ by the Sunday Times, York now has the best gift shop in the North.
The Gift Gallery in Shambles was named Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year for the North and Northern Ireland 2018.
And that was against tough competition – all the finalists were decided as a result of an industry-wide poll of gift suppliers, reps and agents.
“We were so proud to have reached the finals of such a prestigious award,” said shop owner Kate Everson. “When they called our name as the winner I was in shock!
“The Gift Gallery wouldn’t be the shop it is today without the wonderful support of my family, staff, customers, fellow Shambles neighbours and the products from the talented designer makers which we are very honoured to sell.
“We are so proud to be the very first gift shop to ever bring the award back to York and we’ve made a special window display for all of our lovely customers to enjoy and the trophy has pride of place in the window for all to see.”
The Gift Gallery York specialises in selling handmade items, each with its own ‘story’, from makers and artists in the UK and Ireland.
It sells jewellery, cards, accessories, gifts, art work, ceramics and more.
The awards were held at London’s Grosvenor House, Park Lane and were attended by 450 members of the retail industry including representatives from London Zoo, John Lewis and Liberty’s of London.
Launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers from right across the retail spectrum, the Greats Awards, are now in their 16th year.