The Braw Wee Emporium is a Scottish gift and music shop based in the heart of the Barras Market, Glasgow. We stock a carefully curated selection of homewares, jewellery and accessories, cards, art and prints, baby gifts, beauty products, food gifts, books and more – we’re proud to say we’ve got a great Scottish gift for every occasion. We also house an collection of Scottish folk, acoustic and jazz music, all specially selected to represent Scotland’s very finest musical talent.
Everything in the emporium is created by Scottish based producers, artists, and designers. We’re hugely proud of Scotland’s flourishing creative scene, and want to do everything we can to support the industry and to provide a platform for our stockists to develop sustainable businesses and increase awareness of their brands.
We’re also very proud to offer a unique alternative to high street shopping – our store is bursting with unique, handmade and distinctive gifts that you just can’t find on the high street. We’re on a mission to show shoppers in Scotland, the UK and beyond that, the benefits of shopping local make life better for everyone! Shopping local means creating sustainable small businesses, building stronger communities, helping the environment, generating new jobs, and lots more.
Set up in November 2014 by Jennifer McGlone, although we are technically a commercial company our business model operates on a not-for-profit basis, and we reinvest our profits back into activities that contribute to the regeneration of the Barras Market and the promotion of our Scottish artists, makers, and designers. We pay all our staff the Scottish Living Wage.
The local area around the Barras Market and the East End where we are based had seen a decline in shoppers in recent years, and we’re championing it as a creative hotspot! The demographics of the area is changing and there are so many great places to eat, shop and visit, so we’re inspiring people to visit the area and see it as the fantastic destination it really is.
Braw Wee was set up in November 2014 by Jennifer McGlone, and we recently celebrated our third birthday which was a fantastic achievement after a lot of hard work. We’re so excited about what’s to come next – we’re always on the hunt for new stockists to add to our lovely collection, and new ways to support Glasgow’s creative community and the local area. We’ve got some new projects under our hat already, including our plans for a programme to increase traders at the Barras.