Media Release: It’s all about living with greatness at The Avenue


IT’s all About Living with greatness at The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns.

That’s because About Living, Glasgow’s leading homeware and gift store, has been shortlisted to win a coveted Greats Award – one of the most prestigious prizes in the UK’s gift retailing sector – in the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland category.

Now in their tenth year, The Greats Awards are hotly contested and bring together the UK gifts industry for a night of celebration at the annual The Greats Awards Ball.

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2012 will be presented at a glittering award ceremony in London on Thursday 17 May.

Gary Hogan, director at About Living, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and I’d like to thank all our staff and customers for getting us this far. My fingers will be remaining firmly crossed until May!

“We pride ourselves on selecting the best homeware, jewellery, gifts and cards on offer from around the world. We look at the latest trends, colours and designs and work with some of the most desirable brands – and all products are hand-picked in order to stand out from the typical department store – and it’s very satisfying to be recognised by our peers with this nomination.”

Michelle McCabe, Centre Manager at The Avenue, said: “About Living’s inspired range of homeware and gifts has proved immensely popular with shoppers since opening in The Avenue last autumn.

“The outlet offers a great mix of homeware and gifts including; kitchenware, glassware, candles, jewellery, bags and cards. Brands available in-store at The Avenue include; Alessi, Joseph Joseph, Le Creuset, Tresor Paris, Coeur De Lion Pilgrim, Nougat London and Korres.

“We wish Gary and his team well at the Greats – there’s no doubt that About Living is helping make shopping at The Avenue greater than ever!”

Located at Unit 31 at The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns, About Living is open from 9am till 5.30pm from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am till 6.00pm on Thursday, 9am till 5.30pm on Saturday and from 11am till 5pm on Sunday. It also offers a buy online and collect in-store service so customers can shop 24 hours a day.

The Greats Awards recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also one-off niche retailers, garden centres as well as outstanding retail employees.

For further information about The Avenue log onto For further information on About Living call 0141 639 9098.


For further information please contact Susan Christie on tel 0141 561 4018

Issued on behalf of The Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns by Liquorice Media

Date 20th March 2012

Notes to Editors

  • The Avenue is open until 7pm every Thursday with 1,000 free car parking spaces (including underground) seven days a week.
  • The Avenue is home to 44 different retailers including: banks/post office; books; children; clothing/fashion; food and drink; health and pharmacy; jewellery and gifts; mobile phones; newsagent and cards; opticians; perfumery/beauty salon; restaurant and coffee; shoe and repairs; handbags/ luggage and travel.

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Contact: Susan Christie
Phone: 0141 561 4018