It’s no secret that I’m a massive stationery addict, so when Australian stationery brand Smiggle invited me to the opening of their first store in Bristol, there was no chance I’d turn their invitation down. I had come across the brand on a couple of blogs before, but I had never been in one of their stores, and believe me the thought of being able to snoop around a shop entirely dedicated to cute stationery products in all colours of the rainbow had me excited in seconds.
On Sunday, Amy and I made our way to Cabot Circus and it’s safe to say that you really can’t miss the new store. Smiggle’s shop is located on the ground floor of Cabot Circus under the big glass dome and opposite of the escalators, so in prime position for Bristol’s shoppers.
The Smiggle team had rolled out a red carpet for their new customers and the shop windows drew you in with displays of the colourful range and stickers immediately. We arrived at 11am and were greeted by the lovely team of Bristol’s new Smiggle store. The ladies, who were clearly passionate about the brand and excited about welcoming the first visitors to their shop, showed us around, told us a little more about the brand and then we started to most fun part of the day: the shopping.
We were kindly given a £20 gift card and here’s a picture of what we’ve picked up: macaron rubbers (how cute are they, please), some pocket colouring pencils (super handy for traveling or the handbag), a snake puzzle which Amy is absolutely obsessed with, some super cute hair clips, a multi-coloured pen because it saves you from dragging 10 different pens around with you, some adorable lollipop rubbers, two-sided mini-highlighters, a notebook, a horse rubber and a sharpener that allows you to sharpen mini pencils, normal-sized pencils and jumbo pencils. How handy is that?
We also purchased a couple of things with out own money and received a goody bag as part of an introductory offer for customers on the opening day. Will we go again? Oh yes!
We had a fantastic day: Smiggle’s range of stationery products is unique, fun and incredibly colourful. It’s different from any stationery brand I’ve come across before and I loved that children were made to feel so welcome in the store.
Amy had great fun trying out all the different pens from the Smiggle range in the drawing area laid out at the back of the store while I picked up some bits and bobs here and there. It was a fun and stressfree shopping experience and Amy was not impressed with me when I told her it was time to go. She doesn’t have to worry though, because we’ll be back – very soon!
Disclosure: Thanks to Smiggle for inviting us to the opening and providing us with a gift card to celebrate their first store in Bristol/Cabot Circus.