Boutique Souk, brainchild of Alyson was the forerunner of the current Studio Souk. The Boutique combined retail and workshop space and was made entirely from recycled materials. Located in the heart of Belfast city centre with mall space for the market-style shopping event and separate office for the daily running of the business.
Stocking local designers, pre-loved designer wear and vintage goods the Boutique had sewing tables and for the first time offered local designer/makers an interactive retail space and the opportunity to sell directly to their target market without the associated overheads.
The project was cut short when the shopping complex we were part of went under and it was at this time Alyson started looking for other venues and worked to reestablish links with Spires Mall after a packed Christmas event in November 2011.