CLEMENTINE, a small greengrocers at 103 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, is one of just three retailers shortlisted in the ‘Best Small Shops in Britain’ award ‘Best in Food’ category run by The Telegraph newspaper.
Now Clementine’s owners, Jan McTaggart and Carole Sommerville, are setting off to London to attend an awards ceremony with fingers crossed that they will be called up on the podium to receive an award presented by television’s Mary Portas, Mary Queen of Shops.
Clementine’s customers voted for the shop, online last October, ensuring that the small, local greengrocer made it on to a shortlist of just three retailers for the ‘Best in Food’ category. All the shops will be visited by a judge from The Telegraph and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, February 22.
The awards, now in their sixth year, invite customers to vote in nine categories, from women’s and men’s fashion to interiors, food, wine and books.
Jan and Carole were delighted to hear of the nomination.
Jan commented: “We are very grateful to all those customers who took the time to vote for us. We’ve been working hard to make Clementine a success and we get lovely compliments from customers every day – but this is incredibly exciting.”
Carole added: “We’re sure that, in addition to the locally sourced produce available in the shop, our weekly ‘Soup in a Bag’ has been a great way to get the shop noticed and attract regular customers.”
Local MSP Shona Robison, who previously visited the shop in order to congratulate Jan and Carole during their successful second year of trading, added: “I was delighted to hear of Cementine’s further success and wish them all success at the awards.”