5 Reasons To Shop St. Enoch!

1 August 2017

When I was first starting to come in to town with my friends the St Enoch centre was not the place to be, it was all about the Galleries. It was always a bit of a pain actually, because Princes Square (home of Space NK, FCUK and, to please my stationery addicted self, The Pen Shop), House of Fraser and our beloved Elle shop (which has now long been shut down!) were all down at the bottom of Buchanan Street, and then you had to trek all the way up to the top. A few years ago though, the St Enoch Centre had an expansion put on, a whole host of new shops opened up and now it’s barely recognisable as the place that had nothing worthwhile in it. Which makes me feel both excited at what it has to offer and incredibly old that I remember this regeneration process.
But today I thought, in case you weren’t there when this was all happening and you’ve missed what the St Enoch centre has to offer, I would share with you my top 5 (in no particular order!) reasons to shop St Enoch.

1. The Food Court.

Look, we all like to support independent businesses and go to ‘grammable places – but when you’re in the middle of shopping and you’re grabbing some quick sustenance before you keep going sometimes walking to distance to the nearest independent café isn’t that practical. I’m sorry, I said it. However, the food court at the St Enoch Centre has had a bit of a facelift, it’s huge and light and airy and is home to a number of fast food options, as well as a little deli for those of you looking for more healthy fare. Nestled right in next to the Food Court is an Ed’s Easy Diner serving milkshakes and burgers and outside of the Atrium Food Court there’s a Muffin Break, a Costa, a Kimbles (my fav!) and a café within Debenhams, so you’re not stuck for options for shopping fuel!

2. Rewards.

Okay, so you guys know I love rewards – and I’ve definitely justified one too many things in the aisles of Boots with ‘oh but I’ve got a coupon for 250 points if I spend £25 so I’ll just chuck this in to get me over the £25’… Yes, sometimes they do cause me more harm than good but let’s ignore that.
Several of the shops in the St Enoch Centre have their own instore rewards systems – Boots, Debenhams & The Body Shop all offer points and rewards on your beauty purchases; and at Muffin Break and Costa a certain number of hot drink purchases result in a free one. But on top of that there’s also St. Enoch Centre Rewards.
This is an app you download on your phone, you can collect points for purchases made at stores in the St. Enoch centre and then you get rewards. Similarly to Space NK and Sephora’s loyalty systems (you ever have questions about beauty loyalty systems btw, I’m your gal!) this is a tiered system with Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, with tiered rewards – for example at Silver level you get 5% off at Hotel Chocolat and on Gold level that becomes 10% off. Which would have been very helpful for me if I’d known about this at Christmas!

3.    3. Events

There’s something for everyone at the St Enoch Centre – and they’re especially good at events to keep little ones who might not enjoy shopping as much as you busy! At the moment there’s a beach at the Atrium Food Court, as well as free face painting every Sunday between 12 and 4, and at The Disney Store there’s often events on on a Saturday morning – you can ask in store for more details on what’s going on. Hamley’s are also in on the event action, playing host to a whole team of superheroes – Iron Man was visiting earlier this week, but there’s still time to catch Spiderman on 2nd August and ‘PJMasks’ (oh God, I’m so old I don’t know who they are!) on the 10th of August. Stay up to date with the Events page on the St.Enoch Centre website – link here!

4. Culture

The St. Enoch centre really is a one stop shopping centre and they’ve got two units – one next to H&M on the first floor and one next to Debenhams – that are currently given over to art. In the unit next to H&M you’ll find an exhibition of work from the BA(Hons) Art students from the University of the West of Scotland, but as well as being able to view the gallery there are workshops on drawing and photography going on in that space too - I definitely want to check out one of the photography ones! 

The unit next to Debenhams meanwhile is playing host to the 'Mackintosh the Innovator' Competition, by displaying works from local Glasgow schools. There's a design category and an expressive category, and you get to vote for your chosen winners. The voting closes on September 24th and once the competition is done something else exciting will move in to the space.  

If it's a cultural shopping experience you're after the Glasgow Museums Store (the only one!) can also be found in the St Enoch Centre; and a Vue Cinema is in the works for the old BHS unit if you're looking to experience film.

5. The Range of Stores

It's all very well for me to be going on about how the centre has food and culture and events and rewards - but there's no point going to a shopping centre unless you're going to be served well by the actual stores. Again though, there's no need to worry - for the beauty obsessive like me there's Boots, The Body Shop and the Debenhams Beauty Hall (home to a stunning Kat Von D counter, a Too Faced stand, an Ubran Decay boutique and counters from Guerlain, Murad and Illamasqua amongst others!) If fashion is up your street you've got high street heroes H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Burton and inside Debenhams you've got a Topshop, Miss Selfridge, the Nine by Savannah Miller range and even your occassionwear brands like Coast. If you need your eyes tested there's Boots Opticians as well as Optical Express, for your sporting goods there's a JD and a Tresspass, for books you've got The Works and if you're looking to book a holiday there's Barrhead Travel and a Thomas Cook. Check out the full range of stores here

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