Janice Nicholson “retired” to sunny Spain but got so bored she returned to the UK to go back into business.
Now, with support from property agents John Truslove, she has opened a second outlet in Bromsgrove.
First to launch was Upcyclists, a shop stocking reinvented old furniture, run in conjunction with colleague Gary Miller, at the Strand Center. With upcycling of furniture – painting, re-design, re-upholstery – currently all the rage, it has been doing well.
Now Holt House Vintage Interiors is up and running at Holt House, 49 Birmingham Road.
The 1,420 sq ft unit has been secured on a five year lease.
It too sells renovated pieces but also kitchen products, garden items and other goods.
The complex is effectively an emporium because others have also taken space there, with clothing, soft furnishings, vintage china and vintage toy retailers all under the one roof.
There is a coffee shop cum café called the Lite Bite and a further attraction is the serving of afternoon teas.
Ms Nicholson once worked in customer service for a leading supermarket but also operated on Ludlow Market.
She went on: “I retired to Spain for 12 years but got so bored I was working on the markets there too, specialising in large ladies clothing.
“I have always had an eye for putting things together and long been into upcycling … which is how the Upcyclists came about.
“But we needed something bigger and then Holt House became available. With a new Marks & Spencer store going up across the road we knew this was the place to be, where there would be a lot more footfall.
“Trade is progressively improving.”
Ian Parker, a director of John Truslove, said: “The emporium is just amazing – Bromsgrove has never seen anything like it.
“Hopefully Janice makes a big success of the venture.”
Holt House is described as a character building in a prominent position not far from the main High Street.
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