Crafts & Things is a charming lifestyle business within a stunning location. The business is located on the arterial A82 amongst majestic surroundings sitting just outside the western end of Glencoe. The original subjects, a highland croft house and old byre date back to the 1800’s and offer tremendous character and charm. The trading elements comprise a retail unit in the oldest part of the building selling an extensive range of gifts and a quality spacious café which offers around 60 covers internally; both extending to circa 249m2. There is also partially covered external seating for up to 50 guests which is ideal for alfresco dining in the spring and summer months. A unique business opportunity, Crafts & Things would be ideally suited to new owners with a penchant for retail and catering. This is a true turn-key venture which would provide motivated operators with a simple and profitable transition into self-employment.
In addition, the sale comes complete with an attractive 4-bedroom home, providing flexible and comfortable family accommodation. This spacious house has an open-plan kitchen-diner and a large lounge. The property is situated within extensive grounds which adds to the appeal of this tremendous business opportunity.
The current business has remained within the same family ownership since 1969. They have enjoyed developing it over many years and now present the business as a desirable commercial opportunity. This well-established operation reflects a sound trading entity demonstrating a consistently high profitability from an exceptionally sustainable trading model. The business is well-signposted from the A82 and operates from 9.30am until 5.30pm most of the year, closing a little earlier during the winter months. There is scope to extend the operating hours into the evening, should the new owners wish to do so, particularly throughout the peak tourist season. The shop and café operate as separate accounting entities.
Income is generated from the many visitors to the region, many of whom are repeat customers. The café and shop are well supported by the local communities surrounding Glencoe. Adjusted profits are split circa 60% / 40% between the café and the retail element. Crafts & Things is surrounded by mountains and stunning scenery, set 13 miles distance from the Glencoe Mountain Resort to the east and 16 miles to Fort William and the Nevis Range, a paradise for mountain bikers and skiers, thus making it a popular all year location.
The stocking of the shop has been developed over the years to such an extent that a good level of profit is being achieved year-on-year from the continually changing product ranges sold. The sale items broadly include, crafts, jewellery, Scottish tourist products, clothing, books, framed pictures, prints, mirrors and photographs.
The café is licenced and is located in the newest part of the building, benefitting from a large amount of glass on the façade, affording excellent natural lighting into the customer seated areas. There is a modern servery with till and cake display cabinet which are set to an ‘L’ shape located to the rear of the customer areas, and adjacent to the kitchen. Behind the customer counter is a commercial coffee machine, sitting on a counter with equipment under. The setup of the kitchen is very well suited to meet the current offering.
The existing trading model achieves very positive reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor. Crafts & Things has a great reputation and its business operation can be found on many internet sites. Their own trading website has links to other businesses within the local area.
The business is managed by one of the vendors and has a full-time manager on-site dealing with the day-to-day business operation. The management team is supported by entirely part-time staff who are drawn mainly from the local area. The profitability of this business is such that it could easily support a full-time management couple should new owners wish to adopt a hands-off approach.
The property is made of 3 distinct parts; the craft and clothes shop, the café areas and the owner’s house. The business is run from an office located above the servery area.
The Craft Shop
The craft shop is located in the oldest part of the property, most likely dating back to the 1800’s when it was normal to have a byre used for human and animal habitation. When the vendor’s parents bought the property in 1968 it was virtually a ruin, which they rebuilt over the course of a year, opening the shop in 1969. Over the next year they redeveloped the house and added an adjoining extension to link the shop and the house.
The Coffee Shop
The café has a good array of baking and light bites and is a popular destination for both passing and local trade. Over the last few years more use has been made of the external seating, with the introduction of a large folding canopy, thus providing all weather external seating options which has helped maintain a good level of footfall during the recent periods of COVID restrictions. The café had built up a good level of local support. Out with high season the café acts as a non-profit music performance venue when some world class musicians have performed. Nominated for a national award as best small venue at the annual traditional music awards, this has proved to be very popular and is well support by the local community.
There is a sizeable office upstairs from where the business is run, and a gallery of pictures exhibiting the work of Scottish artists. There are also ladies and gent’s toilet facilities, and one toilet facility downstairs which allows wheelchair access.
Crafts & Things is well-signed and easy to locate, set on an attractive site within a truly stunning setting and unique. The grounds extend to around 1 acre, which includes the garden space behind the house, two external wood-built stores, one wooden studio, and two substantial stone-built outbuildings, the external café area and associated planted borders, plus the car park across the road. Stores and sheds to the rear of the property house stock for the retail and café elements, tools and gardening equipment. Of particular note is that the owner’s accommodation which is set within circa 0.4 of an acre of private grounds.
To the LHS of the property, wrapping around the back of the external seating area is land known as Croft 9. This is not included within the sale, however; the owners may consider selling and further details can be obtained from the selling agents. Croft 9 may offer potential for a home or self-catering units, subject to planning consents and any other statutory approvals.
The whole subjects benefit from mains electricity, water and drainage plus there is LPG Gas. The business is fully fire compliant. The café has Wi-Fi available for customers.