Selkirk Riverside Mills

Old Mills, New Life: Inspiring Borders Property Owners

Texthouse has been in its new offices at Riverside Mills in Selkirk for nearly a year now, and enjoying every minute! There’s a great growing community of 60 small and very diverse businesses in this former Borders textile mill at Dunsdalehaugh, including a performing arts school, archery, three textile designers, dyers, a gym, cafe, joiners, mechanics, an electrician, taxis, IT, and band practice rooms.

The new venture started in an organic way when Kevin Crawford took over the former Laidlaw and Fairgrieve Mill. Now, it feels like a business village, especially with Lexy’s Old Mill Kitchen attracting in customers from around the Ettrick Riverside area to Lexy and Alasdair’s quiches and homity pie. Evenings are also busy, with the Crossfit Gym and Creative Stage performing arts classes, and sometimes bands can be heard practising round about.

Anyway, it was great to see the Selkirk Advertiser article after they paid a visit and looked in at the cafe, Elaine’s archery business and Catriona’s textile company next door.

Now Selkirk CARS (Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme) is running an event on 21st April to inspire other property owners to think about the potential for small and creative businesses as tenants. With so many empty mills and large properties in Borders towns, please share this with anyone who might be interested!

Download the sheet below for details.

Selkirk CARS Empty Property


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* (scots) adj fiddly, time-wasting
* (scots) adj fiddly, time-wasting