Design Essentials is reopening! We are so looking forward to welcoming our lovely customers back to our shop in Saffron Walden. This is such an anxious time for so many and we hope to do the best we can over the coming weeks and make it our top priority to help maintain a safe environment for our customers.
As part of our preparations to create this safe and welcoming environment for you, we took part in a clean up campaign in Saffron Walden, organised by the Saffron Walden BID.
Here are some measures we are taking for a socially distanced shopping experience, which we will review weekly:
- We will have a mixture of browsing and appointments available with a maximum of 2 customers browsing in the shop at any one time.
Monday 15th: 1.30-4pm appointments only.
Tuesday 16th: 1.30-4pm appointments only
Wednesday 17th: 1.30-4pm appointments only
Thursday 18th: 10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.
Friday 19th: 10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.
Saturday 20th: 10.00-4pm browsing and appointments.
- We have signage in store to help with the government guidelines to stay 2 metres apart.
- We will be providing hand sanitiser for customers to use before, during and after their time in the shop.
- We will clean the card machine before and after every use.
- We are fortunate to have 2 doors so we ask that customers enter through the front and exit via the back.
- We will be regularly cleaning and wiping the door handles, alongside any surfaces that are touched regularly.
- Staff will wear face masks on request.
- Staff will be washing and sanitising their hands frequently.
- We will encourage contactless payment as much as possible.
- We want to encourage our customers to use the website wherever possible and use our click and collect service.
- We are taking phone orders and are delivering in the local areas around Saffron Walden for free.
In addition to our general opening times of 10am-4pm, we are also offering shopping appointments.
Perfect if you are vulnerable, or would just like to browse at your leisure.
- Book in with us to shop privately Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Slots are available from 1.30-4pm.
- Book a short (15 minute), medium (30 minute), or long (45 minute) appointment with us.
How to book appointments:
Please note we are not open on Wednesday 17th June but will be every Tuesday from then on!
Feel free to call me directly to clarify any of the options above. We hope we can help you feel safe to shop with us over the coming months , and we thank you for all your understanding and support and please remember Design Essentials is open online all the time at www.designessentials.org.uk.
Signage and hand sanitiser provided by Saffron Walden BID.
Our lovely market town of Saffron Walden are holding their annual Late Night Shopping event Friday 6th December.
The market square will be buzzing with locals selling their handmade goods, and we will be open until 8pm.
Grab all those last minute Christmas gifts for the whole family, from Tonie boxes, to personalised diaries and prints, to luscious smelling candles! And why not indulge on our wine and nibbles to keep your energy up and get into the Christmas spirit!
The best part is that there is FREE parking from 1pm onwards during the run up to Christmas, so take full advantage!
One of the hardest things I have to do in Design Essentials is to attempt to drive every angle of the business by myself. There are limited resources and time and where do you focus that attention is for ever my quandary. I would however like to say thank you to Day Glow Media for creating this video for Design Essentials which I hope gives you a taste of our shop in Saffron Walden and gives those of you who haven’t visited a feel for what we are about. Do click on the link below and have a peek inside the shop.
and here’s just a little bit on what Day Glow Media are about.
BRIM FULL OF BRIGHT IDEAS
25 years of endless passion and enthusiasm for broadcasting and storytelling means they can offer you a stunningly professional and bespoke service. They could tell you about all the famous people they have worked with and all the accolades received, but no doubt they will all in good time. Just check them out here to begin with.
Earlier this week we were so excited to share the news that we are a finalist of the Uttlesford Bussiness Award under retailer of the year! The fact that this is a local award means to much to us as Saffron Walden has played such a large part in our journey.
We have been nominated alongside other small businesses just like Tea Amo and there have also been some larger companies such as the Tourist Information, Costume Company, Waitrose and Saffron Screen, that have all been nominated too.
We are so happy to have made it all the way to the finals, having been kindly nominated by the Saffron Walden Reporter, we are so excited to be part of such a great competition!
Such exciting times in Saffron Walden but especially here at Design Essentials as we are one of the Great British High street of the year Finalists! A few weeks ago Wendy was nominated as the best store manager for an independent shop in Saffron Walden and of course as no surprise, she’s gone straight into the finals!
As a town Saffron Walden has been a hub of attention recently, just this Friday gone Saffron Walden was featured in The Sunday Times and quoted as a “charming, supremely English medieval market town”. Read the full article here. We also have been in the local newspaper recently, read about us below.
Alongside the great success of the town we also have a more personal celebration going on at the shop. With Wendy’s achievements we really want to make the most of her efforts and win our category, hopefully getting even more recognition for the whole of Saffron Walden. Make sure to vote for her EVERY DAY here.
The Great British High Street organisation strive to recognise and celebrate local achievements to restore national pride in our high streets and support the formation of a local business-led partnership for every high street where you operate. Here at Design Essentials we couldn’t agree more and hope all the businesses in Saffron Walden feel the same way about making our high street the best it can be.
We are so excited to be a part of this scheme and really could use as many of your votes as possible to win the independent shop award. We have tried so hard with our new collection and work closely beside other local shops to create a friendly shopping environment. We are open on Sundays and hope to get even more businesses to open with us so you can get that extra day of shopping in on the run up to Christmas.
Don’t forget to vote for us everyday up until the 18th of November!
We’re delighted to announce we’ve been featured in The Guardian in their ‘A first look at the Small Business Saturday 100’ article.
Small Business Saturday, a non-profit organisation that aims to promote local businesses, will be using its social media channels to promote one small business a week starting from this weekend until Small Business Saturday itself, which this year is on December 3rd.
This year there’s a huge variety of small businesses being promoted, from toy shops to agricultural services, and we feel honoured to be featured along with them! Wendy submitted her application for Small Business Saturday 100 almost two months ago on the deadline day. She had wanted to submit her application sooner but due to her being so busy setting up two other services for Design Essentials . One an interior design service for the shop and the other an import company . We are therefore very delighted that the shop was chosen and are very excited about our chosen day to be featured. ( which will keep Wendy even busier. )
Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of our featured day – we can’t wait to share it with you all!
Design Essentials was absolutely delighted to be featured in the recent edition of the annual Mullucks Wells Property Magazine.
We were featured on page 16 as part of a double page spread in the “Spotlight on Saffron Walden” feature, which explored the way a historical market town has developed into a charming hot-spot for unique shopping experiences. Read the full piece online here.
Mullucks Wells described the Design Essentials store as ‘a treasure trove of unique and quirky items’, which we reckon captures our style pretty well!
Thanks once again to Mullucks Wells for the feature, and keep your eyes peeled on our blog for more Design Essentials appearances in the press.
Design Essentials were recently featured in an article on the website of Hope House Press, one of the newest ranges we are excited to have had in at the shop.
They said “We are a mixture of feeling excited and terrified at the prospect of being showcased in Design Essentials – Wendy Howell is a woman who means business and does business well. It’s a big thing for us to be hosted and given so many opportunities by her – the products stocked in the Saffron Walden Shop and also on their online portal are beautiful without exception. Wendy and her team are super picky about the ranges they host so we’re rather chuffed that they want us!”
Well, we can now confirm that we’re very happy to have Hope House Press on the shelves of our shop – they’ve done brilliantly on Not On The Highstreet and our customers have been loving their designs too!
Read the Hope House Press blog over on their website here.
Another month, another feature… Local magazines are absolutely loving our lighting at the moment, as Design Essentials have just been featured in the May edition of Velvet Magazine.
Our super popular pink colour therapy lamp was included in their ‘Fuchsia Focus’ collection alongside other hot pink interiors and gift ideas from retailers in the Cambridgeshire area.
See the full article below, or to read this month’s edition of the magazine click here.
Shop our colour therapy lamp online for just £30 here.
Thanks so much for the feature, Velvet Mag – we love it!
We are delighted to reveal that Design Essentials has been featured in this month’s edition of Cambridge Magazine. We appear in the magazine’s Independent Cambridge retail feature for a review on home interiors. See the double page spread below.
Anne Beamish (@IndieCamb), one of the creators of the Independent shopping guide, penned the write-up. Thanks Anne – we love the fab photo of one of our vintage-style naked pendant lightbulbs.
Read the full feature below.