Luxury gift shop Clan Artisan has opened its doors in the heart of the city.
And staff at the Port Street shop are ready to take the stress out of Christmas shopping by helping customers create the perfect luxury gift. The owners of Clan Artisan – Jen McEwan and Jen Tervit – specialise in creating fantastic gift hampers, boxes and bags filled with carefully selected, high quality Scottish products.
The two Jens and their staff aim to make shopping a relaxing experience offering customers the chance to sit down in a booth and enjoy a coffee while they help them select the perfect products for their unique gift box.
Customers can choose from a wide range of produce including chocolate, cheese, chutney, tea, jam and fudge plus handmade gifts such as candles, wax melts, bath salts and soap.
There is also a Christmas Collection of gift ideas featuring products from companies including Quirky Chocolate, The Damn Fine Cheese Company, Grace Chocolates, Flow Glass and Shetland Soap Company.
Jen Tervit says: “The whole ethos behind the shop is that it’s all about a gift experience – customers come in, take a seat and can try some of the products. They let us know their budget and then we can build the hamper together and, if preferred, post it directly to the recipient – it takes the hassle out of gift buying and makes it a relaxing experience.”
Clan Artisan also has an online shop – www.clanartisan.co.uk – where customers can create their own gift boxes.
There are also curated gift hampers available including an Artisan Cheese Mystery Gift Box, The Budding Chef Luxury Gift Box, a Cosy Night In Gift Set and a Luxury New Home Gift Set.
Clan Artisan was set up by Jen McEwan – who previously ran The Wee Kitchen Company creating artisan jams, chutneys and chilli jams – in 2018. She met many fellow small Scottish food producers through her work and spotted a gap in the market when she realised their products were not being featured in typical Scottish hampers.
With this in mind Jen and her former business partner came up with the idea of gathering Scottish artisan producers and showcasing their creations in luxury gift boxes and hampers. The business proved an enormous success and Jen Tervit, from Perfect Penny Marketing, came on board to provide marketing support before joining Jan M to run Clan Artisan together in April this year.
Jen T says: “I’ve helped Jen with marketing over the years and we always talked about running Clan Artisan together and I finally took the next step and came on board as an equal partner in April.
At this point the business was being run from Jen M’s home so we decided to look for a shop and had a few premises in mind which didn’t work out before the Port Street shop came up and proved to be perfect for us.”
The women took over the former Clever Clogs premises at 56 Port Street in early October and after some refurbishment work, they opened their doors on Saturday October 29.
Jen T says: “We have a great position in Port Street which has so many
independent businesses and friendly shop owners and the business is going well so far.
We still have an online presence and people can order direct from there or pop into the shop and actually see the gifts we have on offer and taste some of the produce. All our producers are Scottish and carefully sourced and we are very keen to support other small businesses.”
Clan Artisan also offers bespoke corporate gift boxes for staff, clients and customers which can be tailored to a budget.
The Port Street shop is currently open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm although there are likely to be extended hours in the run up to Christmas.
Meanwhile, future plans include events, such as Cheese and Wine Evenings, and the Jens aim to secure an alcohol licence so they can add artisan gin and whisky to their hampers.