Supporting a creative community is one of the Braw Wee Emporium's core values as a company and at the heart of that is people! As we've grown from a one-person business to a team with a four members of staff, back to a one-woman business and now a wee family business. 

Our team consists of sisters Jennifer McGlone and Erin Molloy, originally from sunny Easterhoose (Easterhouse), in the very East of Glasgow and now residents of the Calton and Dennistoun. We are two of four siblings, two lassies and two boys (all have done Braw Wee shifts at some point) - raised by our wee maw (she is very wee - under 5ft) and in an amazing community that supported and encouraged us to be creative and ambitious! 

 

Jennifer - is the founder of Braw Wee

I'm an accidental shop owner, I started Braw Wee as a side project but became very passionate quickly about the potential of creative retail to contribute to the regeneration of the local area. Everything I’ve done career-wise is due to my core belief that creativity is a powerful tool for individuals to create change for themselves and their communities. 

I studied my BA in Community Arts at Strathclyde, and been lucky enough to have a very varied career mainly within community/ youth arts and the Scottish music scene. I've taught tin whistle, been a Trad Music Development Officer, a tour manager, gig promoter, music agent, Funding Development Officer, Celtic Connections Festival Club Coordinator, artist team rep, team leader, musician and sometimes juggling lots of these at the same time working seven days a week for years, taking annual leave to work for other folk and all sorts of crazy stuff! 

In my quest for a better work life balance, I know stick to doing a little bit of consultancy and project management through Glow Arts (my first business), and Braw Wee. Aiming for four day weeks, evenings off and new adventures! I recently completed the West Highland Way solo, and cannot wait to get back to gigs! 

Favourite Scottish Word

So many to choose from -  Braw is obviously a favourite as it is the name of the shop, but you can use it in so many ways and I love the rolling ‘r’. 

Belter is probably one I use the most after braw.....but maybe it’s just the company I keep!  

Erin - Braw Wee Sanity Saver

I was part of the Braw Wee team at the very start, helping out Jennifer while she was off galavanting about the place for work! 

I studied HND in Jewellery Design and Metal Work at City of Glasgow College, although I really enjoyed lots about the course a career in jewellery wasn't for me.  However, I kept up my creative skills by designing my own card range under the name Erin Rose Designs

I live in the East End with my fiancée, so handy for the studio now I've left my other retail job to work on Braw Wee four days a week. I loves music, going to gigs, loves a good thriller or horror film, and spending loads of time with our family and friends.

Favourite Scottish Word or Saying.

‘Bam’ or Belter are my favourite Scottish words - they are just so much fun to say!