If you’ll please indulge me for a moment this is, in brief, my story.
I’m a local girl, having grown up, gone to school and lived in the area all my life. I met my husband to be Ian in my local, aged just 19 before I went to University. We stayed together throughout my studies and married in 2001.
My childhood was spent following my Mum around craft shows and when Mum started a co-operative shop of fellow craft workers when I was 14 I was duly nominated as the Saturday girl. This naturally developed into our own shop in Bath, which we closed in 2003 after yet another rent rise. Myself and Ian found these premises in Chippenham and with Mum’s financial whizzkiddery and ability to look at the long game we bought the shop and became Chippenham’s premier gift shop.
2017 proved to be a difficult year when Mum sadly died after a 3 year discussion with cancer. Shortly thereafter Ian died, completely unexpectedly, turning my world upside down. This last year has been bloody hard work, but I’m still here, still passionate about the shop and carrying on where Mum and Ian can’t. I couldn’t have done it without the support of a few very good friends. My shop manager Jo and the charitable organisation WAY – Widowed and Young.