our city centre shop on 51 Whitefriargate, Hull HU1 2HP
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm
The Emmaus Emporium at 51 Whitefriargate is a new shop with big ambitions; to become a community hub to all in the city centre of Hull. The retail space, which was formerly a New Look, will include an extensive vintage section selling unique furniture, clothing and vinyls. Other items on general sale will include quality secondhand furniture, accessories, homeware, games, toys and much more.
Alongside the charity’s own retail offerings, the Emmaus Emporium will feature a solidarity market stall where people who have experienced homeless can sell their art or product for free. It also has an upcycling workshop where donated furniture is transformed and given a new lease of life, before being sold on the shop floor. Customers who buy a piece of furniture will be invited to join a free upcycling workshop, hosted by skilled upcycler Colin
Colin is one of (up to) 30 people supported by Emmaus Hull & East Riding, a charity that provides a secure home, meaningful work and personal support for people who have experienced homelessness. The charity opened its doors in 2016 and has since supported more than 264 people who have experienced homelessness.
Shop Manager Sally Waters said; “We really want the new Emmaus Emporium to become a community base. You don’t have to buy anything. Simply come in for a chat. Come and learn about upcycling, talk to our staff and volunteers or report a homeless person who may need help. We really want Emmaus Hull & East Riding to be a central charity in Hull. We’re only six years old and after a tough couple of years during the pandemic, we plan to use this opportunity to really propel our charity forward.
“We’re also looking for new volunteers to help out at the shop, especially anyone with experience in retail or knowledge of vintage clothing, design and retro items.”
A focal feature of the new shop layout is the hand painted mural of Abbé Pierre, who founded Emmaus in Paris in 1949. The mural was painted by talented local artist Steven Dixon, who goes by the name of SD Art.
Steven said; “It’s been an absolute pleasure to paint Abbé. It was a great opportunity to help a charity that helps so many others by doing something I love and would love to do more for the charity in the future.”