Less than a week to go before Moray’s favourite community news website will score a media first by setting up in a pop-up shop on Keith’s Mid Street.
For three weeks from Monday, insideMoray will take over the Keith Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) operated pop-up shop in the Moray town.
Keith CARS introduced the pop-up shop concept to provide businesses in Moray with an opportunity to branch out into unused shops for short periods, paying only the electricity and water charges during their tenancy.
Several start-up businesses have taken up the opportunity – but insideMoray will be the first community media publication to do so.
It will not be all about news production either as insideMoray editor Stuart Crowther has teamed up with Health, Care and Wellbeing group Living it Up Moray to broaden the scope of the presence in the Moray town.
As well as Living it Up Moray offering introductory sessions for older people in the use of tablet computers, several other community groups will be present at various times in the shop, including the Moray branch of Diabetes UK, the Moray Food Bank, tsiMoray, LEAD Scotland, TMC Volunteering and Shared Lives, while local radio station Keith FM will also pay the shop a visit.
Stuart said: “We are gearing up for a busy three weeks but there is room for more local groups, clubs or organisations who might no normally set up on their own in the pop-up shop but would perhaps spend a few days or just a few hours showing off what they are doing in the community.
“I would encourage people in Keith to visit us and let us know what they would like to read about on insideMoray – and we certainly hope to hear from local individuals, groups and organisations who might wish to post their story on the site.
“We would keep people informed through insideMoray on who is in the shop each day – in effect our hope is that during this three weeks we will be a community ‘taster’ resource.
“If this all works out we hope to speak to shop owners in other Moray towns and villages about the possibility of creating more pop-up shops throughout the region.”
Individuals and organisations who wish to join insideMoray and Living it Up Moray during their three-week residency in Keith are asked to contact Stuart Crowther in the first instance by email to editor@insideMoray.co.uk.
Questions can also be posted directly to the Editor on the insideMoray Facebook Page.