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Quite Great? More like Blimmin’ Marvellous!

9 Feb


Today ShoesieQ brings glad tidings: her shop Modish has been chosen to be featured as part of Quite Great’s Guide for tourists and shoppers coming to Cambridge – Cambridge Unwrapped!

The lovely people at Quite Great have taken it upon themselves to give visitors to our beautiful city a few inside tips on THE best places in Cambridge for a bit of shopping or a bite to eat. Pete Bassett, the boss of Quite Great, very kindly explained that all the shops and outlets chosen are examples of must go to Cambridge retailers who truly understand both the heartbeat of the city and the way to give shoppers a great experience.

The very slight downside is that this guide is via the medium of You Tube, and if you are indeed ShoesieQ that makes it a teensey weensey bit excruciating to watch.

But she has bitten the bullet (!) and added a link so you can see for yourself. In fact it’s such a great idea here’s the link to the whole thing!

Cambridge Unwrapped: Modish

Cambridge Unwrapped: All



NEWSFLASH – October 10-11th – Pop ups come to Cambridge!

8 Oct

ShoesieQ brings exciting news! Cambridge has been chosen to host the final of Test Town: a competition for  young entrepreneurs from across the UK to test out their business venture by giving them a pop up shop.  Entrants are given free trading space, development funding, mentoring support and intensive skills training and in return have to use all this help to come up with imaginative uses for our high street spaces.

And it’s all happening this weekend – the 5 shops will be open for just 2 days on Friday and Saturday!

Cool huh?!

And ShoesieQ is thrilled that Green Street (where she has her shop Modish) is the only location in Cambridge to be granted not one, but two pop ups. And even better we get not two, but THREE  young entrepreneurs!

So if you’re anywhere near Cambridge on the 11th or 12th please please pay them a visit to support this fantastic initiative.

You’ll be able to find the pop ups on Green Street at No.14 which will host Violet Lilly Vintage Clothing and Zymurgorium and next door but one to Modish at No.5 TigerPrint Tees.

In case you’re wondering, TigerPrint Tees will be doing a pop-up jungle coffee shop for kids is trying to save the high street and encourage creative kids. Kids can design t-shirts, badges, mugs, bags, bowls & more. Sounds good eh?!

Violet Lilly, on the other hand, are all about handpicked original vintage clothing and accessories. ShoesieQ will definitely be paying them a visit! And last but not least Aaron from Zymurgorium makes his own alcoholic and soft drinks using locally sourced, foraged ingredients. He specialises in mead and unusual flavours of beers, but also makes oils and vinegars.

And if you can make it past the delights of Green St please pop in to the other pop ups at:

56A Mill Road: The Little Herbalista

4-5 Peas Hill: Bubble CreativiTea and Major London

Grand Arcade: Marsh a la Mode

Graton Centre: GoRookie.

To find out more about Test Town, including more info on the other pop ups, just click on this link http://bit.ly/10lbMtr

 And you can follow the Green St entrepreneurs on Twitter  at @VioletLillyx  @zymurgorium @tigerprinttees

Good luck everyone!

Recipe for a shopwindow!

2 Aug

Modish window 3Simply take:

  • 30 balloons
  • Several lungfuls of air
  • 3 metres of wrapping paper
  • 3 boxes
  • 3 blue shoes
  • 3 picture frames


Et voila – a shop window to welcome the new Prince of Cambridge, at Modish Cambridge.  Along with a little promotion of 20% off all blue  shoes 😉

Oh yes, should probably mention the final part of the ‘recipe’ – namely put all the pink shoes away that you’d got out in advance as you were SURE it was going to be a girl……………..

Putting away the pink (2)




Blimey – ShoesieQ is Entrepreneur of the Month!

19 Apr
Look - it's true!!

Look – it’s true!!

For those of you who know her, the title of this post may, at best, elicit a raised eyebrow. But it’s true! Look – here’s the pic to prove it!

And she’s dead dead chuffed, as it’s been over 2 years since ShoesieQ joined the rather wonderful Entrepreneur’s Circle (EC to its friends), but this is the first award she’s bagged.

For those of you not in the know, the EC is a group for small and medium sized companies that basically gives advice on what they need to do to succeed in the often cut-throat world of business. And it’s made the world of difference to ShoesieQ’s little shop Modish.


If there’s anyone out there who also runs their own business you can find more out  via the EC website below, or drop a line to  the wonderful Vida Barr-Jones  on vida.barrjones@businessgrowthadvisor.co.uk