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Colleague Box Gift Shop & Bar Now Open!


We're so excited to announce the opening of The Smile Factory - a 4500 square foot gift shop and gathering space for colleagues, friends, and family.


Nestled in a unique and quirky atmosphere, The Smile Factory features charming tipi tent hideaway seating, a fully stocked bar, and amazing food and drink.


With special offers on food and drink, and ready-made gifts as well as build-your-own options available, The Smile Factory is the perfect place to come together, connect, chat, laugh, eat, drink, and shop.


Open on Monday to Wednesday from 11am-7pm, and Thursday and Friday from 11am-9pm, The Smile Factory also offers private hire on Saturdays and Sundays.


From small team meetings to birthday parties and company celebrations, this relaxed ambiance of The Smile Factory makes it an ideal destination for groups of all sizes.


Co-founder Natalie in front of the new gift shop space

"We are really excited about opening the doors to The Smile Factory and make better use of this quirky space," says Natalie Bamford, co-founder of Colleague Box. "With our delicious snacks and drinks, cozy tipi hideaways and gift shop we aim to provide something a bit different from the norm. Our mission has always been to deliver happiness and to put a smile people's faces and now we can do that not only through our gift boxes but via hospitality too."



Tia the tipi and Tilly the Trailer Bar

The concept of The Smile Factory is a natural extension of the Colleague Box's philosophy of bringing joy and happiness to people's faces. By blending gifts, food, drink, and fun, The Smile Factory appeals to customers who are looking for unique and memorable place to meet, connect, eat, drink and have fun.


Food options include southern fried chicken strips and crispy chips with choice of two dips for £5 and large chip cobs for £3 and drink offers feature pints of lager for £2.50 and seasonal drink offerings such as an El Bandarra spritz.



Inside Tia the Tipi

In the gift shop you can find special offers such as 10% orders of 5 items or more and some fantastic products from local independent businesses and even our Taste of Derbyshire gift boxes and tote bags.


We hope to offer the space to various groups in the community at some point too and the bar and tipi are available for private hire too either at The Smile Factory or Derby location.


We look forward to welcoming you to the Smile Factory - our open hours currently are as follows:


Monday - Wednesday 11am -7pm

Thursday & Friday 11am - 9pm


With intentions to open earlier for breakfast at some point in the near future.


Adam and Natalie welcome a furry friend Alfie when they opened their doors last week!




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