We’re incredibly excited to be opening GCDA’s brand new shop. Based in the heart of historic Greenwich, Made in Greenwich is packed with locally made and exclusive goods that reflect the cultural diversity of the area. You will find everything here, from hand-crafted jewellery made of pottery salvaged from the River Thames to vibrant wax fabric lampshades. Foodies can take home spice rubs, award-winning Wolfe’s Shrubs fruit cordials and honey from a local school.
Made in Greenwich is the brainchild of Claire Pritchard, our CEO.
“I’ve always dreamed of GCDA having its own platform to showcase and celebrate the amazing entrepreneurial talent hidden within the Royal Borough of Greenwich,” says Claire. “So when we were invited by the Hill family to take over the premises in Creek Road, we just couldn’t say no. Many of the people selling their goods with us have been through GCDA’s business training courses. Having Made in Greenwich means we can now offer a supportive route to market for them. I am just so excited about the potential for Made in Greenwich. Not only do I want it to become a thriving hub for the Greenwich community, I also hope it will become a model for other boroughs too.”
The shop’s curator, designer and writer Mary Jane Baxter, was a judge on the popular BBC daytime TV series Paul Martin’s Handmade Revolution and has published two craft books. Using just the smallest of budgets, and working with a great team of volunteers, she has created a delightful interior that makes the most of upcycled materials including recycled paint from The Forest Recycling Project and wallpaper remnants donated by Pickwick Papers in Greenwich. IKEA sponsored the shop-fit and also supplied furnishings for the rear of the premises, a light-filled space that can be hired for workshops, pop-up events, talks or training.
Maria Malpartida, Marketing Manager for IKEA Greenwich says, “IKEA is committed to being a good neighbour and a true partner in the local community. We love working with GCDA and we are delighted to have helped them in creating an inspirational space.”
Shop opening hours are Thursday-Sunday 1000 – 1700 – 324 Creek Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9SW