Sunday, 14 August 2022

Pop-up shop gives locals a chance

A POP-UP shop selling leather goods and antique furniture will open in Henley next week.

It will be at the former Louise Claire Millinery premises in Market Place, which closed in September, from Monday to Saturday.

Hide & Seat, which is owned by Sally Meadows and James Stocks, will be selling leather goods including bags, belts and attaché cases handmade by Mr Stocks in a workshop at the couple’s home in Vicarage Road.

The Green Bough Company, which is run by Justine Hutchinson from her home in Queen Street, will be selling country and fine antique furniture. She already trades online.

Town manager Helen Barnett negotiated with Catalyst Capital, which owns the premises, to open the temporary shop.

Mrs Meadows said: “I’m really pleased as it’s exposure for us. We can’t afford a permanent site. Hopefully people will be able to see our goods and put names to faces.”

Ms Hutchinson said: “Online trading is great fun but I do miss the face-to-face interaction with customers that a bricks and mortar shop provides.

“That’s why I’m so excited to have this opportunity to take part in a pop-up shop in a fantastic location.”

The shop will be open from 10am to 5pm every day except Wednesday when it won’t close until 7pm.

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