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Let Us Reintroduce Ourselves: Welcome To Esperanza!

If you are not new here, you’ll notice our shiny new website as well as a few other changes. For those who are new, welcome. We are Emma and Abi creators of Esperanza.

Let Us Reintroduce Ourselves:

Welcome To The New Esperanza!

If you are not new here, you’ll notice our shiny new website as well as a few other changes. For those who are new, welcome. We are Emma and Abi creators of Esperanza.
We created the concept of Esperanza when driving past a charity shop and discussing how we would love to shop there more, but don’t have the time to trawl through each one looking for specific things. “What if there was somewhere online to see what each shop has in stock which we could browse from home?” we said.

After a couple of years of development, a lockdown, and a lot of chaos, we decided the website we had created was not achieving our initial aims.

Emma smiling and looking to her left in a baseball cap and black top in front of a blue wave mural
Emma smiling and looking to her left in a baseball cap and black top in front of a blue wave mural
We created the concept of Esperanza when driving past a charity shop and discussing how we would love to shop there more, but don’t have the time to trawl through each one looking for specific things. “What if there was somewhere online to see what each shop has in stock which we could browse from home?” we said.

After a couple of years of development, a lockdown, and a lot of chaos, we decided the website we had created was not achieving our initial aims.

So, we dove headfirst into a restructure. What you see now is the result of our first phase of redevelopment.

We’re still Esperanza and our #highstfromhome will return with a brand-new look welcoming and promoting the content of small shops, businesses, and charity shops (with an added extra of some awesome personalised content).

Esperanza Logo: An illustrated shop sign featuring the bright pink letter E
So, we dove headfirst into a restructure. What you see now is the result of our first phase of redevelopment.

We’re still Esperanza and our #highstfromhome will return with a brand-new look welcoming and promoting the content of small shops, businesses, and charity shops (with an added extra of some awesome personalised content).

Esperanza Logo: An illustrated shop sign featuring the bright pink letter E
But for now, we want to introduce you to the Esperanza Stores. Our stores are a simple way to define the variety of products and services we – Abi and Emma – provide. They are Esperanza’s shops – our own small businesses. They stores will be the first to feature on the #highstfromhome and will give you a little insight into what we can do for your shop.

But for now, we want to introduce you to the Esperanza Stores.

Our stores are a simple way to define the variety of products and services we – Abi and Emma – provide. They are Esperanza’s shops – our own small businesses. They will be the first to feature on the #highstfromhome and will give you a little insight into what we can do for your shop.

Homepage banner: an illustrated high street featuring the 4 esperanza shops.

We have broken our projects down into 4 small shops because between us, our skills and offerings are quite varied, so let’s tell you more about each store:

We have broken our projects down into 4 small shops because between us, our skills and offerings are quite varied, so let’s tell you more about each store:

THE ESPERANZA STORE

The Store sells quality preloved clothing and homeware. With free shipping and 20% of sales being donated to charity, (We choose one every three months) there’s no reason not to choose a more sustainable option by shopping second hand!

Text Reads: The Store
Illustration of The Esperanza Store with a black and white striped awning and mannequins in the window.
Illustration of The Esperanza Store with a black and white striped awning and mannequins in the window.
The Store sells quality preloved clothing and homeware. With free shipping and 20% of sales being donated to charity, (We choose one every three months) there’s no reason not to choose a more sustainable option by shopping second hand!
Illustration of The Esperanza Store window zoomed in - mannequins wear colourful dresses and there's a photo of a real dress in the next window

 ESPERANZA WRAP  

Wrap brings you upcycled wrapping alternatives. Home to the #esperanzagifttagproject, Wrap provides you with more sustainable ways to wrap your gifts, and a place to donate your used cards!

The Esperanza Gift Tag Project collects used and unwanted cards and turns them into gift tags. £1.50 from the sale of each set of tags is donated to the 4 charities our project supports. These are The Staffie And Stray Rescue, Dorset Mind, Weldmar Hospicecare and The Dorset Children’s Foundation.

Soon, we will be bringing you even more so stay tuned!

An illustration of Esperanza Wrap with rainbow bunting, pink walls and a colourful display of gift tags in the window
A zoom in of the illustrated window of Esperanza Wrap with the rainbow bunting and selection of colourful tags in the window.
An illustration of Esperanza Wrap with rainbow bunting, pink walls and a colourful display of gift tags in the window
Wrap brings you upcycled wrapping alternatives. Home to the #esperanzagifttagproject, Wrap provides you with more sustainable ways to wrap your gifts, and a place to donate your used cards!
A zoom in of the illustrated window of Esperanza Wrap with the rainbow bunting and selection of colourful tags in the window.
The Esperanza Gift Tag Project collects used and unwanted cards and turns them into gift tags. £1.50 from the sale of each set of tags is donated to the 4 charities our project supports. These are The Staffie And Stray Rescue, Dorset Mind, Weldmar Hospicecare and The Dorset Children’s Foundation.

Soon, we will be bringing you even more so stay tuned!

Illustration of Wrap Up in a denim blue. Photo of Emma in the window and fabrics and sewing machine in the other.

WRAP UP

Wrap Up is an alteration service from Emma. Based in Dorset, she can help with fixes and alternations to prolong the life of your clothes, bags, or other textiles.

Zoomed in image of Wrap Up's window. You can see fabric hanging down over a sewing machine. Behind the desk is a sketch on the wall and theres a large green plant.
Illustration of Wrap Up in a denim blue. Photo of Emma in the window and fabrics and sewing machine in the other.
Wrap Up is an alteration service from Emma. Based in Dorset, she can help with fixes and alternations to prolong the life of your clothes, bags, or other textiles.
Zoomed in image of Wrap Up's window. You can see fabric hanging down over a sewing machine. Behind the desk is a sketch on the wall and theres a large green plant.
A zoom in of the flatlay girl store with glowing ringlights and a set up table ready to take a photo

FLATLAY GIRL

Flatlay girl encompasses the work of Abi. As well as flatlays for small businesses, you’ll discover illustrations, digital work and photography prints.

Illustration of Flatlay Girl in a burgundy and terracotta red with a photo of a flatlay in one window and a flatlay set up table in the other.
Flatlay girl encompasses the work of Abi. As well as flatlays for small businesses, you’ll discover illustrations, digital work and photography prints.
Illustration of Flatlay Girl in a burgundy and terracotta red with a photo of a flatlay in one window and a flatlay set up table in the other.
A zoom in of the flatlay girl store with glowing ringlights and a set up table ready to take a photo

Each store has its own button to view through our home page for now, and we can’t wait to show you them along our #highstfromhome. Take a look and see what treasures you discover today.

Your custom not only means the world to us, it supports the running of Esperanza which in turn supports the charities we have chosen to donate to, and all the shops we will be welcoming on board!

Homepage banner: an illustrated high street featuring the 4 esperanza shops.
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