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Bucking the business trend
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
AMID concerns that thriving British high streets are a thing of the past, Shipston is bucking the trend.
In the past few weeks, the market town has seen four new shops opening, with another ready to set-up later this month.
Lucy Walker, owner of Lucy Walker Flowers in the High Street, has been doing a roaring trade since she opened a month ago.
The 41-year-old decided to move into a bigger space after trading in the Ivy Heart for three years. She also provided flowers for Lord Kenilworth’s recent marriage.
“We’ve got such a big following now, we’re getting people all over the place and getting brides nationwide,”
she said. “We have plans to open up shops throughout the Cotswolds and the Midlands.”
Alex Edwards, 26, opened up The Cotswold Tailor, in Church Street, at the weekend after the success of his first shop in Woodstock.
Offering a bespoke tailoring service along with other clothing, the shop sells its own label brands.
“The great thing about the shop in Woodstock and what I’m hoping to do here, is it brought a lot of trade to the town,” he said. “I’m hoping the shop will help provide jobs.”
Business has also been brisk for Shipston Carpets, which recently opened in Sheep Street.
Owned by Peter and Sandra Randerson, the business sells domestic carpets and flooring.
Mr Randerson, 57, of Tysoe, said: “We’ve had a lot of people coming in not only just to buy but to say thank you for coming to Shipston.
We like Shipston – we wanted to do something different.
“We thought there was a huge market here.”
David Gomez, who opened El Cafe in Granville Court last February, said support for his business was so good that he was able to open The Food Tree, in Granville House.
The 42-year-old, who owns the sandwich shop and icecream parlour, said: “Shipston is a very special place to me, with a good community and good people.
“I thought there was a little gap in the market to try and do something more mainstream but with a bit more individuality. So far it’s doing well.”
Trev Trevethick, of Shipston Heart Alive Campaign (SHAC), said: “There’s a lovely eclectic mix of traders.
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