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Context Interiors Edinburgh

Morningside Retailer, Edinburgh, Scotland

6 Aug 2010

Old Town Context

Lifestyle retailer Context Interiors has just turned three and to celebrate, has opened its second store – Old Town Context in Edinburgh’s Cockburn Street. Formerly the site of Beyond Words, a well known and respected photographic book shop, Old Town Context is looking forward to joining the ranks of quality, independent retailers in the historic street.

In keeping with its new location and the Cockburn Street vibe, Old Town Context is a quirkier ensemble of vintage and retro design compared to the classic ambience of its flagship store, Context Interiors at 79 Morningside Road.

22 Oct 2009

Context Interiors – Christmas Comes Early

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With their distinctively different collection of quality home furnishings, accessories and unique gifts, lifestyle retailer Context Interiors certainly has something to celebrate in the lead up to Christmas. They have just been crowned the best Emerging Retailer 2009 by the judges at the Scottish Retail Excellence Awards.

Based in the Morningside district of Edinburgh, Context Interiors is run by husband and wife owners Andrew and Alice McRae, who both love sourcing unusual items from all around the world. When you step through the door you are transported into a real life Aladdin’s Cave, a veritable treasure trove of inspiration.

For months now they have been busy sourcing original, fun and practical Christmas gifts ideas and their shop is now packed with an eclectic assortment of affordable and beautiful gifts with a focus on classic design and period detail.

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Context Interiors owner Andrew McRae said “It’s great that our passion for retailing and dedication to providing the highest standards of customer service has been recognised. Despite the extremely difficult trading conditions on the high street, every day we talk to customers who are determined to spend money wisely and support local businesses”.

Alice McRae adds “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award. We have tried to be innovative in terms of our assortment and shop environment. Within a modest space we are effectively a micro department store with over 1200 products focused on hard furnishings for the home and quality gifts”.

Another exciting development has been the launch of their online shop,, which has a selection of their best selling products available to buy online. Now fantastic and affordable Christmas presents are just a click away for all.

Context Interiors is open 7 days a week
from 10 – 5 Mon-Fri 10 – 5.30 Sat & 12.30 – 4.30 Sun.

Further information available at and

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The Scottish Retail Excellence Awards, supported by the Scottish Retail Consortium, were created by the Scottish Daily Record and Scottish Business Insider to honour the retail sector’s top achievers and to recognise excellence in all areas of retail throughout Scotland. Andrew & Alice both 31, originally trained with the John Lewis Partnership and Andrew is also a Chartered Architect working in Edinburgh.

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