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New venture aims to unlock Stone’s creative soul

A new shop opening in July aims to unleash the creative potential of Stone and showcase handmade works from the local area.

The shop is starting to come together.

The Artisan Boutique, owned by Susan Hughes, will officially open it’s doors to the public on Friday July 13th with an open evening the night before. It will contain Susan’s own handmade wool items and upcycled furniture, along with creations from local artisans, and give customers the supplies to turn their hand to new hobbies.

Susan, who spent 20 years as a nurse, started a network marketing business three years ago to get her back into work after taking time out to raise her four boys. This eventually led to starting an interior design diploma and the birth of The Wool Boutique, a home based business, making and selling luxury arm knitted products with jumbo merino wool. Susan quickly realised that people wanted to learn the skills it took to make the beautiful woollen pieces and started hosting arm knitting workshops.

Susan says; “I have made contact with a wide variety of crafters and very talented people who will also run workshops from the boutique. The Artisan Boutique aims is to unlock people’s creative souls, whether that is trying new crafts from the wide range of workshops we will be doing or being more creative with their interior decor, it should have something for everyone.

One of our main aims is to get younger people to learn these crafts that are very rarely being taught them by there parents/ grandparents as I was. I also I know how difficult it can be to showcase handmade products so want to champion all the amazing people out there that make beautiful things.”

The new home of the boutique, at the former Alison O’Mara florist premises, gives Susan all the space she needs for the all the aspects of her vision. It also has a poignant importance to her personally.

“Funnily enough the building chose me, and it made sense as it was the only shop that my mum knew in Stone (she lived in Nottingham) as she used to order me flowers from there. My mum passed away almost 2 years ago so it’s lovely to embark on this venture knowing she’s got a connection to what I’m doing.”

The shop will evolve to incorporate new talents that Susan finds, and also currents trends within crafting. The seven day a week opening hours will also help busy people fit visiting around work & home life, with current plans being to open 9.15am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, 10-4 Sunday’s, with planned workshops some evenings. For a sneak preview before the official opening, head down on Thursday 12th July between 5 pm – 9 pm for the open evening before the grand opening the following day.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details of artisan contributors and workshops.

We wish Susan the very best of luck!

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