5 Year Celebration
So here it is. My shop is 5 years old. I can’t quite believe it. Reaching this milestone, and writing this blog, has made me stop and think about how my shop has evolved since it first opened in The Needlemakers, Lewes.
How it all Began
I had been a ceramicist for many years, selling to other shops, but just loved the idea of possibly having my own shop with a studio. I happened to be in Lewes and saw an empty shop unit in The Needlemakers building and just took the plunge! I’d always adored all things botanical, as well as beautiful interiors and making comforting, enjoyable living spaces. The thought of being able to do all that in my own shop, and share it with other people, felt incredible. Scary, but incredible!
Having a shop and studio of my very own was daunting, but so exciting. I was able to create a haven of tranquility, which I could fill with beautiful and inspiring objects, along with a variety of interesting plants.
As business was building during the first couple of years in my shop I was still able to focus time on my ceramics. Not only did I sell these in the shop but I also ran a few porcelain workshops in the evenings, which were a lot of fun.
Time to Move!
In March 2016 another shop unit became available in The Needlemakers building. Again, I took a leap and moved to the shop that I’m in now. As with all big changes, it was nerve-racking and hard work but definitely worth it!
Here we Are
Now I’m 5 years in and I’m still learning and adapting. It’s important to me to keep my shop fresh and interesting. Sourcing new and unique plants and products, and then displaying them, is definitely one of my favourite bits! I have such supportive and loyal customers, who make my job completely worthwhile. I also have a wonderful team of staff who share my love for all things green and gorgeous.
Things to Come
I’m not complacent, 5 years is a big achievement but I’m hoping there are many more to come. In order for that to happen I have to work hard and keep the shop evolving. My online store is growing and I want to offer a larger variety of plants on the website soon. I also want to start providing customers with plant care guides and other information to help their indoor jungles thrive!
I'm currently in the process of changing my logo to the one below, so make sure to look out for it!
None of this would be possible without the continual support I receive from my brilliant customers. As a thank you I’m hosting a birthday party in the store on Thursday 13th September 6:30pm-9:30pm. There will be free goody bags for the first 40 guests that arrive, fizz and nibbles, creative demonstrations, plant care advice, a big in store discount and a raffle.
Please do come and join us if you can!