UpSide Down Presents is a relatively new gift shop in the heart of Newcastle’s historic downtown, “just doon Dean street next to wor Castle Keep and Tyne Bridge” Sean Gerrie states, the shop owner.
The gift shop sells a range of presents, mainly locally sourced such as Geordie Candles, Plaques, Prints and Cards, even locally made dog food.
There are lots of non-Geordie related goods too, with festive examples including Christmas decorations, rare unusual stocking fillers for those hard to buy for and more.
It’s not just a gift shop, as it’s now fast becoming known for highly original cards, and a loyalty card to go with it where customers buy six cards and get their seventh free.
Sean said, “I can’t compete on sheer scale and size, both physically or financially, so stocking highly original cards and creative gifts is what makes the shop tick many people’s shopping lists”.
Even though the shop is small, the size of the job ahead is big, however with advertising for local businesses also offered, and soon online ordering, he has high hopes…
“Many think it’s quite counter-intuitive to open a shop first nowadays, but I feel getting it right on the ground is important, then building online is a great way to make it work as eventually revenue to sustain the business is coming from multiple channels, with a more natural fit for everyone as well.”
Sean hopes to soon take on an apprentice to help, and is already planning ahead for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Easter and beyond.
The little shop also does it’s little bit for Charity, a recent timely example is stocking A Christmas Journey book (https://www.facebook.com/achristmasjourney), with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK, tis the season of good will after all.
With an UpSide down Christmas tree, and window display to really make passing trade stop in their tracks, it’s worth venturing a bit off the usual shopping tracks of Northumberland Street to get some unique goods, supporting local businesses is the angel on the tree as well…
With a handmade Lego Angel of the North donning the tip of the UpSide Christmas Tree, this alone is enough reason to visit 61 Side.