Bury St Edmunds gift shop Koti to close as owners call it a day
Two friends who ran a home gift business in Langton Place have announced they are closing the business.
Tamara Rothwell and Bev Swain have run Koti for the past 18 months and have taken the decision to close as their lease comes up for renewal.
This comes on the heels of Cabana in Hatter Street and Paddy and Scott's café in Abbeygate Street which are also closing.
Bev and Tam say they are sad to go but felt the time was right. They are holding a closing down sale over the next month or so.
"We knew the risk factors but if we had wanted to continue we would have had to commit ourselves for longer. The lease was coming up and we had to decide," said Tam.
The duo, who featured in our Love Local article in March, say that while the rental costs were not too high the footfall was lower than in the town centre with much of the custom from visitors to the town.
They have supported the Whitsun Fair and Christmas Market in the town and had an active social media presence.
Bev said: "It's been the best ride ever and Tam added: "It's been very positive and we have loved every second. We've met some amazing people and laughed and giggled. I think we would have regretted not doing this."
Both have been in retail all their working lives and their products are virtually all UK based.
Tamara will continue her job with Hennessey's coffee shop in Great Whelnetham while Tam has an exciting career change ahead.
They will be posting some of their more entertaining moments at Koti on their Facebook page.