The Nancy Smillie Shop
Cresswell Street, Off Byres Road,
0141 334 4240
Check out the new Nancy Smillie Shop at 5 Cresswell Lane, De Courcy's – beautiful accessories, cosy woollies and glamourous winter wear.
At Nancy Smillie you will find an unrivalled collection of jewellery, bags and scarves and fabulous home accessories including: glassware, ceramics, cushions, cards, lighting, art work, and super furniture deals.
When I first discovered Nancy Smillie's Shop it was a small pottery shop tucked away in Saltoun Street - nowadays Nancy has her great shop and gallery in Cresswell Street (at thecorner of Cresswell Lane). I have yet to meet anyone who does not love the Nancy Smillie Shop which has the ambitious claim of offering: harmony, balance, comfort, space, light, shade and energy. These have been achieved but 'temptation' should be included within this list.
There's a fantastic range of bags, wallets and scarves to choose from plus quirky gifts, beautiful art work and amazing jewellery. There's a fabulous selection to choose from.
Pop in to the shop or browse online
When out and about in the West End I find it hard to resist a trip into the shop in Cresswell Street. It has long been one of my favourite places for browsing and buying. It's a particularly good place for buying presents for others and giving yourself little (or big) treat. You get the feeling that, from the smallest piece of jewellery to the most substantial item of furniture, everything in the shop has been crafted with skill and selected with care.
There are also some fantastic bargains to watch out for – including great lines in the fabulous furniture collection. Also available are fabulous framed prints. Great Furniture Sale Continues
Customers can now take advantage of a 'Click and Collect' service on our website - customers can now buy online and select a day you would like to collect the item from the shop. Watch out for new items being added to the website: www.nancysmillieshop.com
You can also BUY A GIFT VOUCHER
It is a bonus to see Nancy's own work on show – her little pottery pots are amazing - and one of my paintings by Nancy is "Sleepy Holiday". A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Nancy got her really big opportunity when she won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. You can tell when speaking to her that the thrill and excitement of this achievemnet has never dimmed. It opened up all sorts of opportunities for her and her ceramic work became increasingly in demand by prestigious shops and galleries such as Conran's and the British Design Centre.
Now it is Nancy's turn to make those discerning choices and her natural enthusiasm for things that are beautiful is reflected in the fine array of items displayed within the West End shop and gallery. You really are spoiled for choice - with glorious ceramics, widely varied paintings, exquisite glassware, finely crafted mirrors, quirky and unusual gifts (like the very popular 'light lines'), Glasgow Prints and a selection of stylish furniture. The list is endless and where else would you find yourself waxing lyrical over a computer cabinet?
Nancy's main aim is to stock the work of very talented and mature craftsmen who are producing, what she sees as "the antiques of the future". However, young and up and coming talent is also nurtured: you can see the work of the young company 'First Glass' displayed along the exquisite glasswork of Malcolm Sutcliffe and Catherine Hough's delightful vases (copies by Elle). - All of these are among the many works of art exclusive to Nancy Smillie's.
There is also a great display of lamps, china and jewellery. The Boabab Ceramics with their beautiful and unusually contrasting colours are wonderful and you will love the beaded boudoir lamps and the very simple, but striking, bedside lamps. There is lots of high class novelties and attractive trinkets which can translate into wonderful presents or quirky little gifts.
You get a very clear feeling that this is not a shop simply pushed along by mercurial drive. Rather the shop's success and attraction rests on a "love and appreciation of things" shared by Nancy and her multi-talented team including Basia, Hilda and Lindsay all have unique skills and attributes which they pull together to great effect. They put a whole new slant on the notion of 'keeping shop': apart from the business of buying and selling, they are encouraged to display and sell their own work, Basia sees her poetry in print and they also motivate and advise other artists. (Should she ever be looking for a new career Nancy has the makings of a Human Resource Manager and Team Building Consultant).
Sale items online some half priceIn the shop there is always a lot of buzz, busy-ness and excitement - the workers see it as: "not really a job - it's a way of life". It's this way of life and of 'doing things' makes The Nancy Smillie Shop a special place to be - a place to browse, to buy and to admire works of art which are selected by artists.
Lindsay's jewellery is available exclusively at 53 Cresswell Street and Genna Miller's range is available both at Nancy Smillie Jewellery Studio and at The Nancy Smillie Shop in Cresswell Lane.
Come and check out our fantastic range of brand new solid oak furniture this weekend.
We have everything from nests of tables to book cases and a perfect round dining table - all at great prices too!
Browse the Rustic Oak range on our website at www.nancysmillieshop.com.