We are open!

Kumquat opened its doors to the public on Monday night for the first time! After an exciting and exhausting week of drilling, sweeping, stocking and arranging, the shop was ready enough. We stood outside the little arcade where we are situated, holding some small items of stock and greeting women as they went past. We invited them in to see the new boutique and a good number passed through the doors.

We are feeling very proud of how the shop looks; predominantly white and gold that has something of a gallery appearance. We enjoyed adding the little details that can make a big difference; descriptions of the goods in Arabic, butterfly decorations made from drinking cans and funky chalkboard tags for each of our lines.

Last night was a more relaxed affair as we sat with a friend and Hannah made the tea. Locals are loving the fact that we have the traditional tea set as a permanent feature. We are something of a curiosity and we hope we can work this to our good by inviting people in to see what we are all about

Keys and a contract

Big news at Kumquat HQ this week as we find a fabulous location for our physical shop on our favourite street in town! The price was right, the owners were friendly, the space was perfect. If we didn't take this place, what exactly would we be holding out for ?! We are very excited and have already had the sparkies in to add lights and sockets for us. It will take a wee while before it's ready to open but we have a home. For those of you in the area, it is at the foot of Skikima in a small kissaria. Our heads are buzzing with paint, fixtures, fittings, POS, layout, advertisements and which cakes to bake for the opening day!

Congratulations on finding your way to the very first Kumquat blog post! We are Joy & Hannah, living and working in the Sahara Desert, North Africa and having more fun than you might imagine!

With this post, we launch the official website of Kumquat, our artsy-craftsy business that looks at litter, thinks 'hey little fella, you can come home with me' and regenerates what was ugly waste into something new and beautiful. Obviously we want you to buy our products but we also want you to take a look at your environment and see if you can make improvements. We are big fans of upcycling, recycling and repurposing and will be posting links of other initiatives who are involved in similar projects. 

As you will quickly see, our website is still a work in progress. Most notably, we are called the Kumquat Shop but have no means of taking your money. Yet. I won't bore you with the ins and outs of why this is but making you part with your pennies whilst being on another continent is frustratingly complex and it will take us a while to get things fully operational. In the meantime, we would welcome your feedback on what you see. Are there obvious questions we haven't addressed? Are pictures loading quickly enough? Have we, heaven forbid, made a grammatical mistake anywhere? 

We are currently looking for local premises where we can open a physical shop and encourage others to buy our products, change how they view their environment and get involved in regenerating their world. 

We'll keep you posted..!