It's no secret that here at Small City, we love our Perth indies. They play a huge part in making our city what it is and they make it a unique place for people to visit.
One of our favourite's has to be Marian's of Perth. The shop on North Methven Street has been around for decades and Marian, her sister Eileen, and shop assistants Morag and Phylis are always on hand to make the women of Perth and beyond look their very best no matter what the occasion.
In fact, they even lend a hand to men who may be looking for the perfect gift but have no idea what they should be looking for. I regularly pop in coming up to a loved ones birthday - usually very last minute - and get Marian's expert advice on a present for my mum and gran. By that I mean I ask Marian to pick something out and I'll pay for it, I trust her taste!
With over forty years of trade experience, Marian's of Perth really is one of the most popular and loved indies in the city. I popped in to see Marian to find out more about her love for her job, how she likes to spend her time off and much more.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
No day is ever typical! On any day, I could be doing anything from paperwork to cleaning the loo! It’s not always as glamorous as working in a fashion shop would seem!
What signals the start of your weekend / days off?
The weekend starts off with a nice glass of wine – probably on my decking at home or in the hot tub! That’s where I like to relax when I’m not at work. If I venture out, it will be for food at Dean’s, shopping at the fabulous Perth indies or a wee trip to Dunkeld which is one of the many beautiful places we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
Believe it or not – I love cleaning! I like to make sure everything is nice and tidy both at home and in the shop, so I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and make sure everything is spick and span!
Top of your bucket list?
Right at the top of my bucket list is to do a transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary. And I’ve just booked it! Right at the top of my bucket list is to do a transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary. And I’ve just booked it! So, I will need to have a think about what’s next on my list after that but I can’t wait for the experience of a lifetime on this trip.
Worst job you’ve ever had?
I’ve only ever had this one! So, you can see that I clearly love my job as I wouldn’t still be here after all these years if I didn’t! I’ve been in this job since I was 15 and still love it.
Who or what inspires you?
Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?
We had a crowd of people who came over from Dublin when the Ryder Cup was at Gleneagles in 2014. A brilliant weekend spent with great people, there were lots of laughs and drinks, it would be great to do it all over again!
What’s the best part about your job?
I love meeting new people and I’ve been lucky enough to get to know lots of wonderful people in Perth – a lot of whom are now good friends as well as customers. I still love being able to help the women who come into the shop to look and feel great, or even helping men who come in looking for a gift but without a clue where to start!
What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?
Nice and simple – a glass of Buck’s Fizz and a bacon roll.
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To see Marian's of Perth's collection, visit the shop's website here.
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