Dundee's High Street has changed a lot in the last few years. A lot of larger shops have closed down and no-one's filled the space. People are less drawn into the city centre, and more out to large car-centred retail parks.
We want to bring people back into the centre of Dundee, and build a community here, starting on Castle Street.
Sometimes things come in damaged beyond repair, or are otherwise unsuitable for reuse as their original purpose. We don't want to let usable materials just go to landfill though. We look at how they can be used in new and unique ways.
We take waste materials from other businesses (fabric, wood, metal, paints) and from private donations and turn them into new furniture, clothes, and more. Nothing gets used just once!
It took us a little while to find a suitable location. At first we sold directly from Uppertunity's base (originally on Staffa Place), but we found we wanted to take our business into the centre of town, to reach a wider customer base and to help change the shopping experience and community for the better.
Our initial site of choice was on Union Street near Serendipities, but it proved to have some maintenance issues.
Uppertunity CIC is social enterprise based in Dundee that works with over 16s who have a range of barriers. These barriers include autism, mental health conditions and physical disabilities.
Everything that is sold here is a product of our Uppmakes project. We provide our clients with an opportunity to learn new skills in refurbishing and refashioning, building their confidence and encouraging them to think creatively.