First Minister congratulates Rosie’s Emporium on winning the public’s Best Homeware Retailer

Rosaleen Stewart, owner of Rosie’s Emporium, with, back from left, Retail NI chief executive Glyn Roberts, Jack Ferguson from category sponsor PowerNI and First Minister Paul Givan

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FIRST Minister and Lagan Valley MLA, Paul Givan MLA, has congratulated the owner of Rosie’s Emporium in Lisburn who has scooped the prestigious Best Homeware Retailer of the Year award.

The renowned gift and homeware outlet battled independent retailers across Northern Ireland to win the coveted title.

Thousands of votes were cast for Retail NI’s High Street Heroes campaign, with old favourites and new faces picking up gold, silver, and bronze. The initiative shone a light on Northern Ireland’s independent retailers, with the public choosing their favourite retailers.

First Minister and MLA for Lagan Valley, Paul Givan MLA, said: “I am delighted to present Rosie’s Emporium with this prestigious award today. Our independent retailers have provided amazing support to communities over the last year, and this accolade recognises the fantastic work being done in Lisburn and across Northern Ireland.”

As a thank you to my customers, there will be 20% discount offered across the shop until the end of August.

Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts said: “We are delighted to award Rosie’s Emporium with this year’s Best Homeware Retailer award.

The High Street Heroes campaign has been a wonderful celebration of Northern Ireland’s independent retailers. It has been a very difficult year for independent retailers, but this campaign has shone a light on how valued they are in their community. I hope the roll out of the High Street Voucher Scheme will continue to boost support for our independent retailers.”

Owner of Rosie’s Emporium, Rosaleen Stewart, said: “I am thrilled that Rosie’s Emporium has won Best Homeware Retailer in this year’s High Street Heroes awards. Independent retailers like mine have faced significant challenges since the pandemic began, and we are overwhelmed with the support we have received from our local community and across Northern Ireland.

The pandemic has meant that we had to change our way of operating with the implementation of the website, as well as offering deliveries and collections, but this has meant the business has kept up to date with the shift to online shopping, and means we can continue to serve our customers even during lockdowns.”

“This award is very much appreciated by us because it was voted by our amazing customers, and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. As long as the public continue to support small independent retailers, it will keep our high streets in business. It is fantastic to have the doors back open, and allow customers into the shop for a browse and friendly chat.”

“And as a thank you to my customers, there will be 20% discount offered across the shop until the end of August. And keep an eye on social media for details of the pop-up Christmas Shop, opening in Bow Street Mall, Lisburn mid-September.”