the big interview


First place: Threave Home Hardware in Castle Douglas

2nd place: Wright’s Home Hardware in Prestwick

3rd place: Wright’s Home Hardware in Forres Home Hardware (Scotland) reveals Bake Off window winner

For the past two years, Home Hardware (Scotland) has run an annual window dressing competition for its members’ shops, timed to coincide with the launch of each series of Channel 4’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

Any member can take part, and entries are judged by housewares supplier George East (Housewares). The winner receives a prize of boxes of cupcakes from boutique bakery Rachael’s Kitchen along with Tala muffin pans from George East (Housewares). Commenting on this year’s contest, the judges said: “There were some really good displays and actually picking the first and second place was so difficult

that we had to have a special third place too.” First place was awarded to Threave Home Hardware in Castle Douglas. The judges said: “We all love the faces - and the cupcakes and gingerbread round the window show so much effort. There’s a good selection of bakeware and accessories, and we also really like the teapots - because what is cake without tea?” Second place went to Wright’s Home Hardware in Prestwick. The judges loved the bunting; “so thoughtful, as it’s just as on the ‘The Great British Bake Off’

show. There’s a great product mix and the gingham tablecloth looks really sweet.” Third place was awarded to Wright’s Home Hardware in Forres. The judges said: “We really like the flags and the cupcakes. There’s lots of product too, so it’s really engaging.”

Fifteen years ago this month in Housewares Magazine…

• A report by retail consultancy Verdict Research on homeware retailers said three names stood out for achieving the best homeware market share gains in 2003 - Argos, Homebase and Next - and predicted that the planned opening of the first Marks & Spencer Lifestore [in February 2004 in Gateshead] would be ‘one of 2004’s most significant retail events’.

• A survey by water filter supplier Brita revealed that the kitchen was more popular than the dining room for eating, and chrome and graphite were the top choices for kitchen accessories.

• Kenwood launched a £2 million prime time TV advertising campaign to support its new FC100 Gourmet Food Cutter and New York Smoothie Maker.

• Debenhams was the winner of Housewares Magazine’s Mystery Shopper report on Birmingham city centre. The department store beat Bhs, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Beatties due to ‘first rate service’.

• Jarrold department store in Norwich had just unveiled a new look for its basement. Following a four-month refurbishment, the cookshop, china & glass, small electricals and gifts departments in the 11,000sq ft area were transformed to create ‘a stylish, aspirational environment to shop and work in, making the best possible use of space’.

• Kitchen Craft scissors, T&G Woodware CrushGrind mills, Villeroy & Boch Wonderful World tableware, Eddingtons novelty aprons, Magimix Nespresso coffee machines and Burton McCall’s spice carousel were the best-selling products at The Bay Tree in Newcastle Emlyn, Dyments of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Smiths of Loughton in Essex, The Kitchen Range in Worthing, The Kitchen Range Cookshop in Market Harborough and Tools For Cooks in Bromsgrove, respectively.

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October/November 2018

Source: Housewares Magazine October 2003

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