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Image Gallery celebrates 18th birthday
IMAGE is key for a York independent retailer who is celebrating 18 years in the city centre.
Owner Michelle Ruddiman said the Image Gallery, in High Petergate, has a loyal local following and a huge customer demand from Australia and America.
The shop describes itself as a contemporary art gallery and gift store, offering canvas prints and a bespoke framing service.
Michelle said she had shipped numerous products to Australia and America and has even had a request from Hawaii.
She said: “I seem to have a really good fan base in Australia and the US, but particularly Australia.
‘‘Since we set up the website I have been shipping a lot of limited edition prints to Australia.
“I have just had one couple from Hawaii in who loved one of the really big pictures we had.
‘‘They went home and emailed me, asking for a shipping price. They are really keen for me to have it shipped out to them.”
Michelle bought the store when she was 23, having moved back to her home city after studying photography and art and design in Newcastle.
The shop, which is open seven days a week, celebrated its 18th birthday on Saturday by giving away a £50 gift voucher to the 18th customer they served.
Michelle is also running a promotion on the shop’s Facebook page.
When the page reaches 200 ‘‘likes’’ she will give away a wooden tea-light holder to someone who has ‘‘liked’’ the page.
Having survived several recessions since it was set up in 1995, Michelle attributes the shop’s success to ensuring it stocks unique products.
She said: “We have always striven for it to be really different. I work really hard trying to ensure we have fresh ideas for the shop.
“I have to keep up with trends and diversify because you can cater for so many people that way.
“It is a lot of hard work but it is definitely worth it. I have seen a lot of shops come and go, so we are obviously doing something right.”
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