New business opens in aspiring Sunderland Bohemian quarter

Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley
Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley
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A new boutique is aiming to foster individual art and creativity in the city centre.

Big Daisy Kiss has opened its first store on the former Scout Vintage site in Olive Street after running successfully as an online venture for three years.

As well as specialising in alternative, handmade accessories and handbags with original fabric designs, the shop is aimed at showcasing the work of local and national artists.

The business is the brainchild of Emma Ford and partner Ian Wanley.

Emma said: “The items we sell are things you just can’t get elsewhere in the city centre. We’ve only been open two weeks and we’ve been really well received, we couldn’t be happier.”

She added: “Art can be useful, as well as just appreciated and we believe this will enable the local art community to come together and sell their work. All the items we sell are handmade, no one has suffered in the production of any item, except ourselves and our poor little fingers.”

Emma believes Olive Street and the adjacent streets have the potential to become an artisan area for the city centre.

“We don’t get as much traffic as elsewhere in the city centre, but there’s a lot of quirky shops. There’s Earthworks, a comic shop, a Caribbean hair stylist.

“It has more of a Bohemian, cultural feel. It’s an area I’ve had my eye on for a while, it’s definitely up and coming.”

Future plans for the business include art and craft classes in the New Year and an Art Abandonment group where people make art and abandon it in places such as a park, restaurant or cinema for someone to find and keep.

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley

New art store Big Daisy Kiss, Olive Street Sunderlan.'Owners Emma Ford and Ian Wanley