End of a chapter at the Smokehouse

Jennifer Doherty inside the Smokehouse gallery with the latest edition of bear series of books
Jennifer Doherty inside the Smokehouse gallery with the latest edition of bear series of books
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A book signing will mark the end of an era at Eyemouth’s Smokehouse Gallery as its current owner gets ready to say goodbye.

Jennifer Doherty has been at the helm of the small arts hub and craft shop nestled away in the back streets of Eyemouth for the past 10 years but has now decided to step away from the business.

Smokehouse will close its doors this Saturday, June 7 but it will do so in style with the launch of Jennifer’s latest book ‘The Sailing Bear of the East Neuk’, which was given its official launch at the National Fisheries Museum in Anstruther recently.

Published by Jennifer’s own company Serafina Press, the book follows in the footsteps of Jennifer’s successful children’s novels like ‘The Berwick Bear and His Fiddle’ which sold out its initial print run.

Due to the high demand for it, the book has been unavailable for sometime but will be restocked in time for Saturday’s signing.

Jennifer is excited about having a new book on the shelves and said while she will no longer be at the heart of goings on at the Smokehouse she will most definitely continue with Serafina Press.

“Serafina Press has always been a completely separate entity to Smokehouse and it will continue to be. I’m now living in Eyemouth full time and I’m hoping to get even more inspiration for my books.

“It took me a long time to decide what to do but after 10 happy years at Smokehouse I feel liike it’s the right time to move on.

“Without the Smokehouse I don’t know if my books would ever have happened and I’d like to say a huge thank you to my friends, staff and customers for their support.”

The Smokehouse Gallery is being taken over by local lass Amy Aitchison, who only found out she was taking over on Monday.

Currently working as a beauty therapist. Amy said she was looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

“I’m Eyemouth born and bred and I’ve been in the Smokehouse loads of times,” she told ‘The Berwickshire’ .

“It’ll be a massive change for me to go from beauty to running the gallery but it’s the only place of its kind in Eyemouth so I decided to go out on a whim.”

Amy hopes to have the Smokehouse re-opened in time for Herring Queen week.