New Stockist! Piccadilly Lilly
A big hello and a warm welcome to our new stockist Piccadilly Lilly!
Based in Elie, Fife, Piccadilly Lilly is a gorgeous seaside boutique run by Mia Gonzalez-Noda. With a background in herbal medicine, Mia opened the shop in July 2016 to re-address her work / life balance and hasn't looked back!
Stocking some really fabulous Scottish brands, including our friends, Jude Gove, Smith & Gibb and Bohemia. Oh and she has some incredibly lovely things to say about our products too!
Learn a little bit more about her background, the shop and what Mia likes to do to relax. And if you're in Fife, make sure to pop in and say hello.
What kind of shop do you run?
I sell women’s clothing, accessories, jewellery, handmade furniture and now lovely natural skincare!
When did you open?
Have you always worked in retail?
No I haven’t always worked in retail, although I did a little bit. I have a BSC Hons in Herbal medicine and Msc in Public Health Nutrition. I used to run a community health project for NHS Borders and worked a lot in community development as part of that.
What drove you to open your own shop?
I have always wanted to, when I was in my twenties, before I started my degrees I lived in London and I was going to move to Edinburgh to open a clothes shop - life happened I guess and I went down a different path. My husband and I had reached a point in our lives when we were spending so much time away from home working, travelling to work and our 2 small children were sending a lot of time in nursery and after school clubs etc so we decided to make a change, move to Fife, (granny is here) and do something different, my husband is a joiner and he now works locally and is not travelling to Edinburgh every day which is brilliant.
Give us an idea of some of the things you sell.
Currently I stock the lovely vintage inspired Emily and Fin, with the ethical brand Komodo and hand made Molly Brown, new in Sketch London, I try and look for sustainable independent fashion brands and am always looking for brands that will be a good fit.
All the jewellery I have is handmade including Wolf and Moon, I am Acrylic, East Nook studio made in St Andrews gorgeous porcelain pieces as well as Rachel Blair and Smith and Gibb working with silver and silver and enamel. I am adding to the jewellery with talented makers often, I cant seem to resit!!
My husband creates wooden furniture from recycled wood which is proving popular and I have just added Bohemia baskets and yourselves which I am very excited. I used to make a range of my own creams and Lucky Clouds range really reminded me of some of the things I did only better, they smell gorgeous, feel lovely and are healing to my daughters eczema prone skin. I love the fact that they are handmade in Edinburgh, lots of the products have a story and my customers seem to like that - oh I mustn’t forget the talented Jude Gove who hand stitches her leather purses.
What’s your favourite thing about running a boutique?
Being my own boss, I think, and discovering how many amazingly talented creative people out there, if I can help support small brands get noticed then this makes me feel happy. I am enjoying being more creative, with the windows to dress. The shop is also in the village where we live and the girls go to school, I can still drop them off at 9 am and pick them up at 3pm so this keeps the mumguilt fairy quiet!!
What have you got planned for 2017?
I really want the business to succeed, so I need to grow the online business as we have very seasonal trade here and things can get very quiet and with that comes the stress. I want to expand and do classes so am looking for people to come and do some interesting things -maybe a make your own skincare perhaps??
What do you do to relax?
I love riding horses, it clears my mind as I am very in the moment and not thinking about anything else. Simple things like walking through the woods and on the beach, I am really lucky yo live in such a beautiful place……..I also drink quite a bit of wine!!!
When there’s no one around, what’s your go to musical guilty pleasure?
Oh there are quite a few, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Wham! and you cant beat a bit of The Proclaimers x
it's so lovely to connect with like-minded people and to discover mia and her crusade to bring small, ethical business together is such a wonderful thing!
Have you visited piccadilly lilly yet? what do you think?
peace and love