Monday, August 18, 2014

News: Mesmerize voted Rotherham's independent shop of the year

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Mesmerize, the Rotherham shop that features an eclectic range of goth, rock, alternative and Pagan essentials and gifts, has been voted the town's independent shop of the year.

Mesmerize first opened in 1995 with a small grant from the Prince's Trust and will be celebrating 20 years on Wellgate next spring.

The competition was launched by the council on the back of the national Independents' Day campaign. Skate store, Props, based at Eastwood Lane was in second place, and finishing third was The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop located at Imperial Buildings.

Lynda Delizium, manager of Mesmerize, said: "I would like to thank everyone who voted for Mesmerize.

"I am extremely proud in winning as the quality and service of the independent shops in Rotherham is amazing. As a small independent, trading in a recession can be very challenging and this support is astounding and well received.

"I love my job and there is never a boring day. I try to provide a hub of information for the alternative scene alongside the gifts, jewellery and clothing for sale in the shop."

Cllr. Dominic Beck, cabinet member for Business Growth and Regeneration, added: "Congratulations to all the businesses who received votes and particularly to Mesmerize. Shoppers cited the "Aladdin's cave" of unique products and fantastic customer service as reasons why they were their winner.

"It was incredibly difficult to tell who would win and with over 150 independent town centre retailers, the eclectic mix was sure to inspire debate.

"It was great to see the incredible support businesses have received from customers. It shows the public are really passionate about Rotherham's independent retail offer and had fantastic things to say about stores across the whole town centre."

Mesmerize Facebook page
Rotherham town centre website

Images: RMBC

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