The UK’s first card-linked loyalty programme has launched in Perth. Whenever you shop local you support local jobs and enrich the local economy. This gives you every reason to feel good about yourself. But wouldn’t it be nice to get a little something back too? Perth businesses really do appreciate your support and they’ve come up with the perfect way to say thank you.
Simply register on the Mi Rewards Perth platform, link your payment cards and whenever you shop in the participating Perth indie businesses you will be able to benefit from ‘Mi Rewards Perth’.
What’s different about Mi Rewards Perth?
You’ve probably already signed up to a host of loyalty programmes. It’s likely you have so many cards that you need a separate wallet just to keep track. Mi Rewards isn’t like that. It isn’t a reward card (there is no extra thing to carry around with you at all). Mi Rewards Perth is a ‘thank you’. Simply register and link your existing debit/credit cards and every time you spend a pound in a participating business using these cards you get one ‘Mi Point’. Once you have enough Mi Points you can hit convert and we will send you a free Perth Gift Card! The amazing thing about Mi Rewards is that membership also makes you an instant ‘Perth VIP’. Being a member gets you entry into competitions, exclusive access to VIP-only discounts and offers, plus you may find yourself on the receiving end of an occasional ‘random act of kindness’ courtesy of the businesses you know and love.
Tune In With The Kilted Coaches To Find Out Your Exclusive Perks & Prizes!
We will regularly be broadcasting LIVE (usually a Friday) from the Perth City Centre Facebook Page with the help of social media sensations, The KIlted Coaches, who are Stephen Clarke and Rab Shields. These Personal Trainers from Perth, Scotland have spent the last 13 years getting clients fitter, stronger and leaner.
Observing within the industry extreme dieting, unrealistic training regimes and unusually high depression rates they realised that so many people were missing the ‘Health’ in Health & Fitness. The Kilted Coaches mission is simple. To bring back HEALTH AND HAPPINESS to as many people as possible across the globe.
Don’t Miss Out – REGISTER TODAY!
Simply register your account, link your payment cards (to ensure you earn points as you spend) and stay tuned for regular Facebook LIVE events where the Kilted Coaches will be visiting Mi Rewards Perth businesses to announce details of EXCLUSIVE PERKS OR PRIZES, ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE REGISTERED ON THE PLATFORM!
Breizh Restaurant is a popular and lively restaurant that’s been a bit of an institution on Perth’s High Street for many years serving delicious, unfussy food with a Breton influence, such as galettes (buckwheat crepes). It’s now under new management and the interior has been given a fresh new look by owner Vinod Mathew, with changes to the menu coming soon too. So Perth City Centre asked me to pop in and check out the changes. As my husband’s birthday was fast approaching, what better time to sample its cuisine and wine list (and get brownie points into the bargain)?
We book a table for the Saturday of the annual Perth show, so the city is busy with locals and visitors. After a quick aperitif at The Venue just round the corner (well, it is his birthday!), we pop round to Breizh. It’s busy and lively, too, but with a relaxed atmosphere.
A friendly waiter greets us at the door and shows us to our table by the large picture window (which has a great view up George Street to Perth Museum & Art Gallery). The décor has been revitalised in a fresh and contemporary grey-and-white palette, with pops of red on the seats and upholstery. The new monochrome logo is in honour of the colours of the Breton flag.
While we’re browsing the menu, I order a gin and tonic and Mr C opts for the delicious Breton cider, which always arrives in a striped china cup. For wine with dinner we order a bottle of 2015 Fleurie, a light silky red packed with berry flavours.
Being a French-influenced restaurant, there is a fine choice of seafood including mussels, a smoked-/cured salmon duo, pan-fried scallops and a seafood soup. There are also escargots (snails with garlic butter), a chicken liver parfait or a poached egg with smoked pancetta and baby onion jus.
Mr C opts for the seafood soup, a rich, ochre-coloured bisque packed full of tender white fish and served with croutons and alioli (a creamy garlic sauce).
I’m vegetarian, which can occasionally be a bad word in French dining, but I spot the Superfood Salad which sounds intriguing. It’s sliced avocado on salad leaves, surrounded by fresh red chilli pieces, toasted seeds and flaked almonds, pomegranate seeds, creamy dots of feta cheese, quinoa and wild rice. It must be the healthiest starter I’ve ever ordered and it’s very tasty.
To follow, although I’m tempted by one of the pizzas I can’t miss the chance to check whether the galettes are still as delicious as always, so I order the Chèvre, a savoury crepe which is tucked round a sauce of sunblushed tomatoes and marinated artichokes and topped with grilled goat’s cheese and peppery rocket. I’m happy to report that this galette is just as good as before.
Mr C chooses from the Boeuf (beef) section of the menu a Faux-Filet de Boeuf, which is a sirloin steak from Highland cattle. It’s well-prepared, tender and succulent, and served with peppercorn sauce, a flatcap mushroom, creamed potatoes and grilled tomatoes on the vine.
We’re pretty full after our starters and mains, but there’s always room for pudding, isn’t there? We both love a crème brûlée so we order the Pistachio version as we finish our wine.
While it’s being prepared we have a chat with owner Vinod, who tells us he took over the restaurant in December 2016, having previously worked in hospitality in Edinburgh and St Andrews. When he arrived at Breizh he got straight to work devising a fresh new look and taking on more staff. A firm supporter of local suppliers, Vinod sources from producers such as George Campbell & Sons and tells us that a new menu is on the way in the next 2-3 weeks. The wine list will also be refreshed, with a special and unique range of wines.
Vinod then goes to get our dessert and presents it with a flourish – and we see that the chefs have prepared it on a board with a raspberry coulis and “Happy birthday – all the best” piped in chocolate! It’s a lovely surprise, and a fitting way to end our evening.
If you’d like to try some fantastic French hospitality and cuisine, Breizh also serves breakfast, coffees, teas and lunches as well as dinner. They’re open from 9am on Monday to Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Pre-theatre is available from 5pm – 6.30pm. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with new developments, and follow Perth City Centre on Facebook and Twitter to be first in the know about everything happening in Perth and Perthshire.
Perth’s History and Heritage Pass
The Black Watch Castle and Museum and Scone Palace have launched a joint ticket – Perth’s History and Heritage Pass.
It is great value for visitors giving a combined 20% discount on admission and includes access to The Black Watch Story Tour.
Tickets can be bought at either Scone Palace or The Black Watch Castle and Museum. We would be delighted if you can share with your customers who are looking to sample some of Perth’s heritage.
She’s the owner and mastermind behind the Perth success story that is Murrays Bakers (and Murrays Pies!)
Linda Hill knows how important it is for Perth’s independent businesses to flourish and feels that any local initiatives which help Perth’s retailers need to be embraced by both businesses and Perth folk alike.
We got in touch with the ever-busy Linda as she was enjoying a well-deserved break (sorry Linda!) We wanted to find out exactly how much she knew about the Perth Gift Card as well as setting her a pleasant wee task!
How would she like to experience the best that Perth’s indie businesses have to offer courtesy of The Perth Gift Card?
Linda takes up the story from here.
“OK, so I was on holiday in Spain and I got a nice message on Facebook from Richy at The Perth Gift Card asking if, when I got back, I would like to spend £50 in Perth’s indie businesses?
Oh, for sure… Yes please… Fabulous!
I’m very much an advocate of Shop Local and feel that it’s so important that Perth’s independent retailers are doing as well as possible. Every now and then if I do get a few spare hours (which doesn’t happen very often!) I’ll say, right, I’m going to visit all the little shops that I’ve not had time to visit for a while. A £50 Perth Gift Card was the perfect excuse to make me do this.
I’d bought a few cards before for family as gifts and I had recommended it to my Mum to buy for gifts because I knew that it was for independent shops in Perth. It’s basically all about spending in Perth. Personally I knew you could buy the cards in Fun Junction (Old High Street) and Alba Plus (formerly Scottish Seasons, St John Street) and I think it would be great if there were more places you could buy the cards which would make the cards more accessible to people in Perth.
It was nice to be given the card and that’s exactly how it should feel. It’s always nice to get a present, especially one which gives you so much choice.
I had a rough idea of some of the businesses who were involved but when I got my card and a leaflet with website details I did a bit more research. The list of different businesses was impressive and really easy to find and the website came up when I Googled it. It was on the first page when I searched and once on the website it was great to see just how many businesses accept the card. I decided that I was going to use the Perth Gift Card as a reason to make a day of it and so I decided to get down to the business of planning out where I was going to visit.
That day was all about only visiting the businesses on The Perth Gift Card and everywhere I went was because of the card.
Because it feels like free money, I visited different businesses I hadn’t been to before, but it also worked the other way in that it made me return to the businesses I REALLY love.
Provender Brown (George Street)
So first up in my Perth Gift Card experience was a favourite of mine in Provender Brown (George Street)
This really is a fantastic businesses with extremely friendly staff who are always knowledgeable and helpful.
I bought a lovely fruity Cairn O’ Mhor Cider and some tablet for my sweet tooth! I loved the fact that both these items were locally produced and feel this is so important when choosing what to buy.
The lovely member of staff even suggested that as my day of exploring Perth’s businesses would involve a lot of individual visits to different businesses that I write down how much I had spent so that I’d know how much was left on the card… A great handy hint!
Byers & Co (George Street)
I popped across the road to another of my favourite George Street Indies to visit Linda of Byers & Co fame.
She’s so bubbly as well as talented, and a great businesses to have on the Perth Card network. She can remodel old jewellery, melt gold down and redesign it for men or women. She’s so talented and can even do unique kilt pins.
Linda had been fixing a pair of earrings for me which I’d arranged to happen before this, so I was able to go in and use my Perth Card towards the bill for this. She didn’t have a traditional terminal but she used the PayPal App, swiped it through and it went through in seconds.
There’s no end to Linda’s talents and in the past she’s done so much beautiful work. Not only has she done some amazing pieces for me but she’s even made rings for my family as well.
Precious Sparkle (Charlotte Street)
With Charlotte Street being just round the corner I couldn’t possibly resist the wonderful and ever-tempting shop that is Precious Sparkle.
I really think this is one of Perth’s hidden gems, but once you do manage to discover it you always tend to go back.
It really is a little treasure trove of a shop with so much on offer.
A friend of mine was soon to be celebrating her birthday and I spied an unusual greetings card which would be perfect for her. As well as that, I noticed a beautifully patterned dish. It probably caught my eye so quickly because it was my favourite colour of turquoise.
How could I resist?
Kisa’s (Mill Street)
At Murrays Bakers the whole team work so hard to make us a multi-award-winning bakery, and with that in mind I’m allowed to treat myself when I’m out and about. With that in mind it was on to Kisa’s Perth by Perth Concert Hall.
Since opening in 2015 Kisa’s have gone from strength to strength and have quickly become one of the most popular and sought out venues for delicious food.
I’ve always felt that the service is as important as the product and I can safely say that I’ve found Kisa’s nothing short of excellent each and every time I visit.
The visit was helped however as I totally indulged with an Americano and a delicious melted white chocolate and berry scone and homemade jam… AMAZING!
D.G Lindsay & Son Butchers (North Methven Street)
Now you may think that The Perth Gift Card is all very well and good if you’re looking to treat yourself to a tasty treat in one of Perth’s fine eateries or something new and sparkly for a special occasion. Bear in mind though that it can even be handy when looking for something for your evening tea!
With food on my mind I visited D.G Lindsay & Son Butchers on North Methven Street and sorted out tea with their wonderful Caribbean Stir Fry.
I love the delicious ingredients you can find here and I always enjoy a chat with Beaton and Louise. We love Lindsay’s butchers and Murrays the Bakers actually use their butchery meat and are a family business just like us!
They knew exactly what to do to process my Perth Gift Card (they’ve had lots used there before) and I was soon on my way again.
Bliss Salon (Hospital Street)
All this retail therapy was starting to take its toll and at this point I felt like I was beginning to flag a little.
I needed to put down my ever-growing armful of shopping bags and rest my weary legs at the relaxing oasis that is Bliss Salon.
The lovely Kirsty threaded my eyebrows for me and straight away I began to relax.
This really is a place I love and it lives up to its name and is a real sanctuary from the hustle and bustle. All the girls are wonderful here.
I’ve been going to see Rachel for over 12 years before she was in this salon and continued to follow her. Both her and Kirsty really are experts at relaxation.
Eva Lucia (Scott Street)
One of my favourite local restaurants, the fabulous Cafe Tabou were hosting a fundraiser the following Thursday and so with this in mind I headed off to Eva Lucia for some inspiration as to an outfit. I love this shop and always find something here to wear. Whether it’s for a formal occasion or a more casual affair Lori always seems to know exactly what suits you which is an amazing skill to have.
It wasn’t long before I spotted a gorgeous turquoise (yep, there’s that colour again!) and quicker than you can say “The Perth Gift Card” it was added to my growing list of purchases.
Eva Lucia were last but not least on my Perth Gift Card experience and I knew I had roughly £10 left after my previous purchases. I used the last £10 on the card towards the cost of the blouse and paid the extra with my own card because it had felt like “free money”.
So How Did My Perth Gift Card Experience Go?
As you can probably tell from the above, I had a ball visiting all these great Perth indie businesses. To me it’s an ideal gift for anyone that you would buy a voucher for. I now would personally prefer to buy a Perth Gift Card for somebody rather than a voucher for a single place.
Although this was my first Perth Gift Card experience as someone on the receiving end, last Christmas I gave my best friends a £50 Perth Card. That way if they wanted to go to a specific place that they liked to go then they could. If they wanted to go to Café Tabou for a meal… They could do that! If they wanted to go to Craigdon Mountain Sports for a Winter coat… They could do that!
I feel it gives people more options rather than buying a voucher for a single shop which is actually restrictive.
What I did was show that you could go to lots of different businesses: Provender Brown, Byers & Co, Precious Sparkle, Café Kisas, D.G Lindsay & Sons Butchers and Eva Lucia. Being honest I’d limited my spending accordingly to be able to spend the £50 Perth Card in as many businesses as possible. The great thing though is that because it’s a gift it feels like ‘Free Money’… So guess what… I overspent!
The Perth Gift Card is brilliant for Perth as it’s a great way to encourage Perth folk to support local businesses and Shop Local. The Perth Gift Card’s not really for the big High Street shops yet but it’s more about supporting the independents and making sure that they stay open and survive.
This helps them by bringing spend through their door.
If you need to buy a gift for someone I’d totally recommend you buy them The Perth Gift Card!
… And then after all that.. Time for tea (courtesy of Lindsays Butchers and The Perth Gift Card)
About The Perth Gift Card:
The Perth Gift Card is the UK’s first city-wide gift card programme for independent businesses across a whole town or city. It’s the perfect present for friends, family and work colleagues and the recipient can spend it on a delicious meal, the latest blockbuster movie, some great new clothes, a fabulous new haircut and much, much more. The Perth Gift Card is accepted in over 75 Perth businesses including Perth Concert Hall, Simon Howies, Perth Playhouse Cinema, Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty, Tabla, Perth Leisure Pool, Kisa’s Perth, Craigdon Mountain Sports, Santé and many more!
Buy a card online here: http://theperthcard.co.uk/product/the-perth-card/, over the counter at Fun Junction The Toy Stop (Old High Street Perth) or Alba Plus (St John Street Perth)
An Easter day out in Perth by Ruth Bickerton visiting Perth Gift Card Businesses and Brick City at Perth Museum
It’s not every day you’re asked to go shopping and spend someone else’s money. When the lovely folks at Perth City Centre offered me a Perth Gift Card with carte blanche to spend it on whatever I like and then blog about it, there wasn’t much any arm-twisting needed. As mum of two noisy and growing young boys, it is very rare for my shopping to involve anything except food, food and more food, with perhaps some Barcelona football kit thrown in. So it was a super treat to be pretty much ordered to go shopping and buy something grown up and just for me!
I decided I couldn’t make any Important Shopping Decisions without the input of my sister, Kate, who just so happened to be coming to visit with her three children for the Easter holidays. We managed to find some kind (misguided) people with several footballs and a plentiful supply of patience who offered to have our four boys. Kate, my niece, Grace, and I happily skipped out of their door and straight into the Tayberry Gallery.
Tayberry Gallery had an array of beautiful gifts – all sorts from tartan doorstops, to scarves, jewellery, and prints of one of my favourite artists, Ron Lawson. I mused for a while over buying a dino print for my boys’ bedroom, but selfishly decided The Perth Gift Card was for me, all me, just me, and I was going to enjoy it!
It seemed like an ideal time for a quick break and Willows was calling us. Grace spent an inordinate amount of time hanging over the cake counter, musing between the scones, croissants, coffee cake and tray bakes before finally settling on rocky road – wait! – no, actually a cherry bake – hang on! – shortbread. Yes shortbread. And hot chocolate. Delicious! The fact I could treat my niece using my Perth Gift Card was lovely. (Please do not tell the boys.)
We then headed for a browse along St. John’s Street where there is a cluster of shops and eateries that accept The Perth Gift Card and form a nice stretch for a stroll and perusal. John Gillespie’s, the Highlands Health Store and Alba Plus (Formerly Scottish Seasons) all had inviting window displays. We popped into Alba Plus for a quick chat with Douglas, who also sells The Perth Gift Card in the shop.
He had a wide variety of all kinds of Scottish goodies, and I was particularly taken with some glass paintings and the Scottish children’s books. Next, we had a quick perusal of the Rose House, which combines a florists and gift shop with a café. The selection of cakes looked exceptionally appealing, and we definitely, absolutely, positively, categorically, unquestionably did NOT buy any more cake ‘for later’.
Our last port of call was up at Bridge Lane – and a shop I was keen not to miss as the beautiful goodies well live up to the name of the shop. Pretty Things is up by Perth Museum and Gallery (who also accept the card) and is close to some of the other Perth Gift Card shops like the Teddy Station, Revival and Byers & Co. I could happily have spent my gift card ten times over, but eventually settled on a puffin scarf, which I couldn’t resist, and some hoop earrings, both of which I was planning to wear on an upcoming girls’ night out.
I was sorry to miss visiting Provender Brown and Silver Linings but most definitely will be back to spend the Perth Gift Card I will now start petitioning for my birthday from my husband, children, friends, family, pets, neighbours, colleagues and anyone else who asks. Hint hint.
After collecting the boys and having a quick lunch, we headed to Brick City at Perth Museum and Gallery. Excitement levels were high! The exhibition was Lego models of famous landmarks around the world, followed by a room brimming over with boxes of Lego and table space for the Freemakers of Perth to make and display their own masterpieces.
The kind lady on reception gave all the children a sheet which had pictures of the real-life landmarks which the children had to match to the Lego models. Give that lady a medal! Instead of haring into the exhibition and just rushing about to see who could see them all first, the children actually studied the models and occasionally – shock horror! – even read some of the information about the landmarks to check they had found the right ones. The models are all contained in one room, which was handy for keeping an eye on five children all heading in different directions
The children were particularly struck by the impressive model of St. Pancras Station which takes pride of place in the exhibition. “Mummy, that’s from Harry Potter!!! Let’s find Hagrid!!” They were also well inspired by some of the simpler pieces around the exhibition to create their own landmarks when they got to the free style make-your-own-model section. It was nice to see how the children studied the models to see how to build the different styles.
They happily played with the many other children also visiting the gallery, and by some miracle (perhaps the fact the good people of Lego had provided so many pieces) I didn’t hear a single ‘THAT’S MY PIECE!!!!” The make-your-own room also contained more cases of models, models made by people who had previously visited, and information boards about Lego and its history. I have to admit the children didn’t take much notice of these, but it was something for the adults to look at whilst the children got on with the much more Important Business of creating genius.
The Perth Gift Card is the perfect present for friends, family and colleagues. The recipient can spend it on a delicious meal, the latest blockbuster movie, some great new clothes, a fabulous new haircut and much, much more. The Perth Gift Card is accepted in over 70 Perth businesses including Perth Concert Hall, Simon Howies, Perth Playhouse, Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty, Tabla, Perth Leisure Pool, Kisa’s Perth, Craigdon Mountain Sports, Santé and many more!
What is The Perth Card
The Perth Card is the perfect present for friends, family and colleagues. The lucky recipient doesnʼt need to redeem the full value in one go and they can spread their spend by using it for a delicious meal, some great new clothes, a fabulous new haircut and much, much more.
This is a great gift to receive and an easy new way to support Perth businesses. You can pickup your Perth Card online at www.theperthcard.co.uk or from one of these four retailers in Perth:
Exel Wines, Fun Junction, Pharos Parcels and Scottish Seasons
Where can I use my Perth Card?
The Perth card can be used in a whole range of amazing Perth Businesses:
Adam McNee Interior Designs – Black Watch Castle and Museum – Blend Coffee Lounge – Blues and Browns – Boo Vake- Brown and Blacks – Byers and Co – Charlie Taylor – Cutting Room Perth – D.G. Lindsay’s Butcher – Destable – Elegance of Perth – Eva Lucia – Everest Inn – Exel Wines – Fun Junction – Grampian Hotel – Highland Health Store – Howie’s Bistro Perth – McCash’s Country Store – McEwen’s of Perth – Mercure Perth Hotel – North Port Restaurant – PC Solutions – Perth Concert Hall – Perth Museum and Art Gallery – Precious Sparkle – Pretty Things – Provender Brown – Revival – Salutation Hotel – Sandalwood Shoes – Sante – Scone Palace – Scottish Seasons – Strathearn Kilt Hire – T Paterson Jewellers – Tabla – Tayberry Gallery – The Jewellery Workshop – The Rose House – Watsons of Perth – Willows Coffee shop and Restaurant
The Perth Card is the ultimate gift this year for Christmas, remember you can buy yours from www.theperthcard.co.uk or at any of these four retailers – Fun Junction – Exel Wines – Pharos Parcels – Scottish Seasons.