The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre, Abernyte will be celebrating its 20th Birthday on 3rd June.
Founded in 1997 by Bob & Elaine Templeman, The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre started off life with 12 Antique Dealers taking stand and cabinet space in what was formerly Stout Brother’s car showroom just outside the village of Abernyte. A small coffee shop and contemporary gifts were introduced shortly after.
This was the foundation for the Centre we know today.
Over the years two large extensions have been added to the building providing additional showroom space which is now home to over 125 unique Antique Dealers, a contemporary furniture, home accessories and ladies clothing departments. With business booming a second Centre was opened in Doune, Stirlingshire in 1999
The small coffee shop became Café Circa which has gone from strength to strength - The now bistro style restaurant has grown from serving a handful of tables to a 120 cover eaterie, producing high quality Scottish dishes with a French twist, adding a certain je nes c'est quoi. A Food Hall was added continuing the ethos of supplying quality Scottish produce all year round.
A number of original Antique Dealers and staff are still present at Abernyte to this day. Many of these dealers (as well as newer converts) will be in attendance to chat with visitors at the Centres 20th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 3rd June, where directors Bob and Elaine Templeman will also offer a generous 20% discount on The Centres contemporary collection of goods.
You may think the world of Antiques would not be forthcoming in joining the online retail revolution, but you’d be wrong; The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre launched its online shop in 2014, opening its carefully selected contemporary range to a much larger audience. Work is currently ongoing to introduce a platform to the website allowing the many dealers to display their available stock.
The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre has, and continues to, impress a firm footprint on the local community and surrounding area. The Centre and Café Circa currently provide employment to over 40 members of staff and actively fundraise for local charities throughout the year.
Company directors, Bob and Elaine, show no signs of slowing down just yet and have their eyes firmly set on the next milestone of 30years!
Elaine added “Bob and I are very proud to be celebrating 20 Years of The Scottish Antique and Arts Centre. We are so grateful to our wonderful staff who have helped enormously in the development of the business”.