Good afternoon Made In The Shaders.
Ok. So by now y'all will have read in various news reports that The Lighthouse: The Centre for Architecture, Design & the City (and the core venue for the Made In The Shade Boutique Shopping Event) has gone into administration. We are exteremely saddened by this news, though not exactly surprised. The team at The Lighthouse have been working hard for some time to improve business at the centre and their efforts ought to be commended. Such a pity.
We want to keep you fully informed about how this news impacts upon future Made In The Shade events and we want to keep you informed about how we intend to continue with the boutique showcases should the administrators take the decision to close the doors of The Lighthouse straight away/permanently. However, the Made In The Shade team have yet to receive any official word from our contacts at The Lighthouse re. last night's/this morning's revelations and thus far have received no confirmation that the Made In The Shade Boutique Shopping events planned for September and December have been cancelled.
Since we are sensible gals, we have emergency alternative plans in place should The Lighthouse be unavailable for venue hire. Until we have full confirmation from The Lighthouse team that our events have been cancelled we will however, continue to promote and plan for the Boutique Shopping Event scheduled for Saturday 26th September as normal. As soon as we know more, we will report back to you straight away.
To those of you who have applied for selling space at the September Made In The Shade event due to take place in The Lighthouse, please rest assured that Made In The Shade will do everything in our power to ensure that you will be showcasing and selling your work on the weekend of 26th September. We will endeavour to give y'all at least 3 weeks notice of any change of plan to the event schedule and we will be sure to give you the chance to opt out of any alternative arrangements should they need to be kicked into action.
We are always happy to help you with questions and queries, but right now, we know nothing more than is reported in the news today. As soon as we have any official word from The Lighthouse team, we will post an update and get in touch with all vendors and customers via email.
Sit tight Shaders. As wise Lenny Kravitz once sang, 'Baby it ain't over til it's over'.