Local Macclesfield gift shop Cinta celebrates 20th anniversary

By Ben Coldwell

9th Jul 2024 | Local News

Jacqui Poole, of Cinta Gifts, Macclesfield. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)
Jacqui Poole, of Cinta Gifts, Macclesfield. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

A Macclesfield gift shop is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Cinta Gifts, on Chestergate's east side, is one of two independent gift shops on Chestergate.

Having moved away from imports and a shift from furniture to gifts, Cinta has thrived for two decades through its adaptability and adjustment.

Congratulations Cinta!

In that time, the business has survived eight prime ministers, the EU referendum, four recessions, and the pandemic.

The shop sells various gifts, cards, artwork, candles, lamps, jewellery and much more, with a focus on customers purchasing items to make their homes more homely.

The business has moved from three shops, to only one in Macclesfield, proudly selling the finest artistry from the heart of local expertise.

In a previous life, Cinta was located in Macclesfield's Grosvenor Centre.

"Over the 20 years we have seen seismic changes in the world of retail and in the world at large," said Cinta owner Jacqui Poole.

"We have constantly adapted to these challenges. We still love and admire craftsmanship [and] many of our products are now from local businesses and craftspeople."

The business was originally created by Jacqui when she was working in sales and marketing as a business advisor.

Cinta pictured on Chestergate last winter. (Image - Macclesfield Nub News)

She decided to take a year out as a volunteer for VSO (voluntary overseas) in Indonesia, with her husband Nigel .

Whilst she was there, Jacqui and her husband worked as business advisors for small businesses in Surabaya on the island of Java.

The local artistry sparked inspiration to incorporate this craftmanship by creating a business to sell these goods.

The business is named after the Indonesian word for 'love',

"We made many friends and had so much admiration for the craftsman and women," Jacqui added.

"When we returned to England, we decided to set up a business to import and sell the beautiful goods they had made.

"Hence the name Cinta, which means 'love' in Indonesian."

Cinta is located at 13 Chestergate.

The ethos change of Cinta was inspired by the high streets and town centre of Macclesfield, which now embody more of a sense of locality, individuality and distinctiveness.

To ensure that the business and the culture of Macclesfield can thrive, Cinta has took action to establish the recently popularised elements of new beginnings of shopping in the local area, by hosting free events throughout the year as well as its change in products.

The business has also opted for an earth-conscious approach, by reducing its carbon footprint and using echo-friendly materials in its products.

As soon as you enter the shop, it is a treat to the senses, with incense always making the room smell gorgeous.

"Mostly, we want to show our gratitude to the loyal customers with whom we could not have survived the last challenging 20 years," Jacqui said.

"We hadn't anticipated the plethora of fabulous feedback and shared memories and stories from our lovely customers.

"I would also like to thank the various teams at the council who work diligently to support this challenge and to give us a reason to leave the comfort of our homes."

You can give Cinta a ring on 01625 430047.

"We love you Macclesfield, and [we] feel so lucky."

In honour of Cinta's 20 year anniversary, until next Friday, the first ten customers everyday will be given a goody bag and all customers will be given a raffle ticket for a draw for a £100 voucher.

You can find Cinta at cintagifts.com and the opening and closing times are 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays.

Goody bags bound for the first ten customers every day this week (until Friday).

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