Meet the shopkeeper: Rachael Griffiths of Edinburgh boutique Hannah Zakari

We always love a trip to Edinburgh!

Below, we chat to Rachael, owner of independent boutique and stockist of our work, Hannah Zakari.

Can you describe Hannah Zakari for us?

We're a tiny boutique based in Edinburgh located just off the beaten track of the Grassmarket and a webshop selling a selection of our favourite things. We like to create a space where we can mix different styles and sell them side by side in a way that feels connected. I like to think our customers wander down our wee street, stumble upon the shop and feel like they'd found something special!



What inspired you to open a store like this?

Before opening our 'real life' shop we'd been trading online for 6 years, I always had a very specific idea of how a Hannah Zakari shop would look and feel and I was sure it didn't exist so never put too much thought in to it. One day I happened to look at retail properties to rent out of interest and noticed the property which is now our shop. I knew from the first image it was the perfect space for HZ, so in the space of the few months we'd taken the lease and opened!


  

Do you have a typical customer? If so, can you describe him/her in a few words?

We're based in Edinburgh and our customers are about 50:50 locals and tourists, we get a huge variety of people through our doors, especially during August when the Edinburgh Festival is on and the city is filled with performers - it's brilliant fun!


How do you display your one we made earlier necklaces?



 


We've had them in a few different spots in the shop over the years, but right now they're in my favourite window nook. It's currently painted white and the colours and shapes really stand out against the bright background.


Can you tell us a little about your neighbourhood and recommend a few places for us to visit?

Absolutely! We're just down the road from the Museum of Scotland  and we also have the infamous Greyfriars Bobby at the top of our street and Greyfriars Kirkyard which is lovely for a picnic lunch on a sunny day. Under The Stairs, just around the corner is a great place for cocktails and food, and Mary's Milk Bar  is worthy of all the hype! Candlemaker Row has loads of great little shops and a jaunt round the Grassmarket and up Victoria Street is a must if you like indie shopping. Edinburgh is awesome!

Thanks so much Rachael...we look forward to our next visit!


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