Shop plans revealed
Community forum looks to raise profile with premises
A COMMUNITY forum has revealed plans to secure a shop in the heart of its area, in a bid to raise its profile.
The idea is being considered by Stobswell Community Forum as it looks to heighten its presence in the community.
David Macdougall, vice chairman of the forum, said the group hoped to secure the temporary lease of an empty unit on Albert Street, which could be used as a pop-up shop and a place for residents to discuss issues or concerns.
He added that the move would be “good for the community”.
David said: “We are exploring different ways that we can bring the forum to folk’s attention and, at the same time, bring more people to Stobswell.
“We wouldn’t want to have a shop that was empty half the year — we want to be confident that we can use it to great effect over the year in as many novel ways as possible.”
Mr Macdougall said one of the options being considered was using the shop as a venue for artists who took part in Openclose, an art trail which saw forgotten doorways in the area transformed with colourful murals.
David said: “The shop could be a venue for artists who took part in the Openclose selling their works.
“Hopefully the forum would manage to negotiate a decent length of lease.
“We could have a pop-up shop, say for the artists, and then it could be something related to Christmas, for instance.”
“There could also be an opportunity for the forum itself to initiate consultation exercises in the community.
“There are numerous problems and issues in Stobswell that people have concerns about, but we are finding that very few people know where to go to speak about them.
“It’s early days but this is something we are exploring to see if we can make our presence known better.”
Russell Pepper, organiser of Openclose Dundee, supported the idea of opening a store to showcase the work of artists.
He said: “It would be a different kind of shop for people to go to and would bring people to the area to visit it. It would support the artists and their work.”
Openclose will be hosting a market in August at Stobswell’s Celebration in the Park event, at which artists will be selling their creations.
Russell Pepper alongside an example of the artwork on a door on Sugarhouse Wynd.