Two inventive Scottish guys have avoided the crowded gin market and turned their attention to neglected Scottish liqueurs. Rupert Waites and Tom Chisholm have created Aelder – a rich liqueur made from wild elderberries, a range of botanicals and whisky. Instead of passing the port after dinner, diners can pass this lighter Scottish alternative. Still complex in flavour, the subtle addition of whisky counterbalances the sweetness of the elderberries, and,
Scottish duo We Are Amused, launch a pop up shop at Kirkcaldy Galleries this weekend. One half Duncan of Jordanstone textile graduate, one half lawyer-turned-interior designer, Susan Warner and Donna Caira aim to bridge the gap between art and interior design with their range of bold typographical prints. The shop is open for business from 10am-4pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm-4 pm on Sunday. You can find out more
Fancy winning a packet of outdoor, free-range pork sausages and streaky bacon? Of course you do! This week’s Christmas competition prize comes from Woodland Trotters in Saline, a small local business selling pork products from free-range, hand reared Gloucester Old Spot and Saddleback pigs. All products are labeled and vacuum packed and frozen on date of collection from butcher to ensure freshness. Russell of Woodland Trotters says, ‘Having started with a
Well here we are , it’s almost time for us to sign off for Christmas and we’ve reached the final post in our local shopping guide. Today we are celebrating local heroes, the unique, independent shops, products and experiences to be discovered on our own doorstep. As with each instalment of the guide, the list is not exhaustive but, we hope, enough to inspire you to shop in, support and
Edinburgh company, A Tailor Retailored, has launched a range of modern limited edition cashmere for men. From August until Christmas you’ll be able to check out the cashmere for yourself at their pop up shop at number 6, The Grassmarket. The duo behind the brand are John MacEwan, a former marketing consultant to large retail brands, and Richard Olive who has worked on knitwear design for labels such as Michael Kors,
Kara Burke is an illustrator from Portland, Oregon who brilliantly captures the personality of dogs and cats in these adorable cushions and mini stuffed ornaments. Off the peg designs start at around £20 from Kara’s Etsy shop and she is happy to accept custom orders based on a photograph of your pet. You can find out more here and can contact Kara at kara.l.burke [!at]gmail.com.
Stall holders at the very busy Rosyth Community Market offered a few explanations for event’s success. Fiona Frazer, Woodlea Stables, who had to nip back to Crossgates twice to restock bread, believes it’s because ‘people in Rosyth are very loyal to their community’. Providing an event to harness that loyality however, is down to the efforts of the Community Council; their second community market was on Sunday 31st May. Another
Such lovely work here from Cork born jeweller Gemma O’Leary who, having honed her skills in Canada and Dublin as well as under the guidance of esteemed jeweller Mette O’Connor, has realised her dream and launched Inner Island. O’Leary combines simple shapes with precious metals to create timeless, understated pieces. The minimalist designs are handcrafted in Dublin using traditional silversmithing skills and natural materials. ‘I spent many years searching for something that inspired me.
One of the finest artists ever to come out of Dunfermline, renowned illustrator Jonny Hannah has an impressive new book out. Greetings from Darktown tells of a mysterious coastal town, not found on any map, peopled by pin-up girls, jazz artists and tattooed sailors. Darktown is home to the Unquiet Grave junk emporium; the Mermaid Café where Woody Guthrie still plays each week; McVouty’s vintage clothes shop and a pier
If the fairy or star at the top of your Christmas tree is starting to look a little battle scarred maybe it’s time to invest in a beautiful Halinka creation. Originally based on characters from the ballet, the range has expanded to include Christmas and woodland themes as well as, my favoutite, skating couples from around the world. The figures are not cheap, staring at around £20 and rising to