A couple who have been running a popular market stall in Bury St Edmunds have just opened their first shop in St John’s Street.
Husband and wife team Tim Farnsworth and Liza Elliott have expanded their business and moved into a permanent home, The Shop, adding to the independent niche offer in the street.
The Aladdin’s cave of beautiful soft furnishings and home decor also offers a wide range of shabby chic lanterns, rattan log baskets plus a great assortment of festive decorations as well as the plush sheepkskin rugs and accessories that Just Our Stall became well known for at the Wednesday and Saturday markets.
The soft furnishings are ethically sourced by-products from the Britsih food industry and are sold alongside sheepskin products from Iceland, Sweden and Tibet although the main thrust of the sales are from British producers.
The couple worked in education for many years and dsecided they wanted a new direction. They began selling sheepkskins from a local tannery near their Cambridgeshire home at occasional farmers markets before taking on the stall in Bury three years ago.
Tim said of the move: “When we saw that the space in St John’s Street was available we knew right away we wanted to take the opportunity to add to the great range of shops already on the street.”
Liza added: “It just felt right from the moment we saw it. It took a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease but we’re really proud of the space we’ve created.”
The couple will still be running their market stall, outside Starbuck’s on Saturdays and Croasdales on Wednesdays as well as the shop which had a soft opening four weeks ago.
On Saturday The Shop which is at the bottom of St John’s Street, held its launch party with discounts available on the day and the official ribbon was cut by St Edmundsbury Mayor Cllr Julia Wakelam.
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