Monday December 6th 2021
Written by Alistair McKinnon, The Penicuik Storehouse.
Penicuik’s community owned and volunteer run shop and café opened its Christmas local makers fayre on Saturday the 4th of December alongside the Penicuik Christmas light switch on ceremony.
The Christmas Makers Fayre features the chance to browse and buy unique works by 20 plus local craft and arts makers working in Midlothian. Bespoke handmade gifts you won’t get anywhere else, and which won’t be held up by Covid restrictions, lack of lorry drivers or missing shipping containers!
The Fayre will be open daily until 23rd December.
The Penicuik Storehouse Shop at 22 High St, is open 7 days a week, supplying a wide range of foods (including vegetarian, vegan or organic) and household products.
The Storehouse Cafe is open daily serving in-house and takeaway teas, coffees, sandwiches, and their “famous” Storehouse Scones and cakes.
Penicuik Community Alliance Ltd, trading as The Penicuik Storehouse, is a community benefit society, owned and controlled by residents of EH26 and EH25 (Penicuik, Roslin, Bilston and surrounding areas). It operates a retail shop, cafe and events space, to trade to the benefit of these communities.
This community benefit takes 3 forms:
Economic – supporting local trade in Penicuik; increasing use of local shops, working with local suppliers, makers, and traders and other community organisations to benefit the economy of the town and surrounding areas.
Sustainable and Ethical – providing ethically sourced sustainably produced local goods and services.
Inclusive – offering employment, training, learning, and volunteering opportunities to local people;
and working with others to enable all residents to gain access to healthy food.