Arts/vintage shop prepares for Nelson launch

Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. Behind the project are, from left, Artist in Residence Helen Oxley, Arts Development Co-Ordinator Carmela Manta, Arts Development Manager Kirsty Rose Parker and Creative Intern Lydia Aizlewood
Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. Behind the project are, from left, Artist in Residence Helen Oxley, Arts Development Co-Ordinator Carmela Manta, Arts Development Manager Kirsty Rose Parker and Creative Intern Lydia Aizlewood

The UK’s Vintage Personality of the Year, Pendle’s own Kiki de Ville, was the first to see behind the scenes at Nelson’s new arts and vintage shop!

The Australian singing star, now living in Earby, met the people behind the new shop and some of the craftspeople who’ll be selling their unique products at a sneak preview on Friday, a week ahead of The Shop’s opening at Nelson’s popular Arts and Vintage Market with over 40 stalls at the ACE Centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. kiki DeVille was at the launch

Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. kiki DeVille was at the launch

Called simply The Shop, it transforms the old post office in New Scotland Road into a creative emporium where people can buy, sell, browse and take part in workshops.

It’s been designed as a new creative space where shopping can be relaxing, creative and fun.

Coun. Paul White, who leads on enterprise, said: “We’re backing this exciting idea which adds a totally new dimension to the town centre.

“It’s come about thanks to Mary Portas funding for Nelson and support from the Arts Council.

Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. The team behind the project are pictured among some of the remains of the old Post Office

Photo: David Hurst'A new art and vintage market called, The Shop, is due to open in the former Post Office on Leeds Road, Nelson. The team behind the project are pictured among some of the remains of the old Post Office

“The Arts and Vintage Market has been a huge success and The Shop will build on that as a permanent feature for the town.”

Arts Development Manager Kirsty Rose from Pendle Leisure Trust has been working all hours with Arts Development Project Co-ordinator Carmela Manta and Artist in Residence Helen Oxley to get The Shop open in time.

She said: “The Shop will be a place where people can come for coffee and buy beautiful unique things, from pre-loved vintage clothing and furniture to jewellery and original art.

“People will be able to browse and have a coffee and parents can relax while their children play in the same room.”

For more details on the Arts and Vintage Market and The Shop which are open 10am – 4pm tomorrow and Sunday, visit www.facebook/nelsonvintage