Citizen Home –- a place to sell things, make things, and make things happen

4Mgs-AqbWe have covered the opening of Citizen Home elsewhere on this blog and with summer now here it’s time to mention some of the ambitious plans that Martin and the team there have for the shop over coming months.

We refer to ‘the shop’, but the complex of rooms at 82 Vyse Street is much more than that.

There is a beautiful enclosed Victorian courtyard just crying out for lanterns and candlelight and terracotta planters and shabby chic outdoor furniture — a location for secret al fresco meals, pop-up barbecues, meetings and events…

And behind the shop are several workroom and studio spaces, ideal for designer-maker demonstrations and workshops.

The shop is also on the look-out for new social enterprise and ethical/fairtrade suppliers and manufacturers. Martin has a grand idea that it can become a centre not just for unusual gifts and home items, but for the unusual that is made in Birmingham — perhaps even made on the premises at 82 Vyse Street.

For example, the shop now stocks handmade ‘salvage’ furniture from Trans-furniture CIC . This is a great example of how the shop can showcase the work of local social entrepreneurs who might find it hard to get their wares into mainstream retailers but still need to build up profile and customer awareness.

For the right suppliers and manufacturers Citizen Home offers huge potential — and especially so for anyone who is willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in to help transform this little gem of a location in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.

If that’s you, then send mail to Martin Hogg to find out how you can work together to help 82 Vyse Street really come alive this summer — not just as a shop but as a location, not just a place to sell things but a place to make things, and make things happen.

He is waiting to hear from designer-makers, pop-up events organisers, foodies and cooks, soap and candle makers….indeed, anyone with a bright idea and the enthusiasm to help make it happen!

And note that Citizen Home is next door to the Jewellery Qtr Polling Station and on the day of the EU Referendum (23rd June) will open until late (8am-8pm) and is offering a 10% discount — whichever way you choose to vote!

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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