Carnoustie lady has her very own Indian Summer

Louise Wiliamson on her shop Pixiestix, Carnoustie
Louise Wiliamson on her shop Pixiestix, Carnoustie

A CARNOUSTIE girl has realised a long held dream to run her own exotic goods import business.

Louise Williamson opened Pixiestix on Carnoustie High Street around six weeks ago, in the premises of the old Harbour Gallery.

It deals mostly in exotic clothes, ornaments and curios from the Indian sub-continent and the surrounding region.

Louise said the business came about almost of its own accord, after regularly visiting the region for the last nine years.

“I didn’t intend to start a business and run a shop. I just saw the shop sitting here empty, which doesn’t really look good for the town in the busy tourist and golfing season.

“I asked the landlord if I could take it on for a short lease, just to see how it turned out.”

And Louise is confident that her dream would take root. She commented: “I loved the stuff myself, I just knew the people in Carnoustie would love it too.”

Louise said that the relative specialisation of other shops in the town had created a niche market that she was able to tap into.

“I think my range of goods is working to my advantage, there are things that you just can’t get anywhere else in Carnoustie. It’s turned out really well for me.

“I’ve got wall hangings and cushions from Goa, jewellery from Bali, Tibetan silverwork, Kashmir shawls, Polynesian and Indonesian wood carvings, tops and ornaments from Thailand, and more.”

All of Louise’s stock is sourced using Fair Trade principles, and she has struck up strong relationships with her suppliers, whom she visits every winter.

Things are going so well just now that Louise is seriously considering making it a more permanent enterprise and hiring a manager to look after the shop while she procures new stock on her travels.

She said: “I love having the shop, but I’d rather not be in it over the winter. I’m not a huge fan of the cold.”