UK Vintage Personality of the Year, Kiki de Ville, officially launched Nelson’s new arts and vintage shop and creative space for arts workshops yesterday.
Called simply The Shop, the outlet is housed in the town’s former post office at the junction of Leeds Road and New Scotland Road.
Kiki, who lives in Earby, sang a few songs during the launch and performed for artists, arts organisations, funders, craftspeople and Nelson’s own Town Team at a VIP Party last night.
“The project was inspired by Queen of Shops, Mary Portas,” explained Coun. Paul White, who leads on enterprise.
“The Shop is designed to bring a new dimension to Nelson centre, with an exciting new programme of arts workshops too.”
Lara Oddie from Oddies Bakery, the vice-chairman of the Nelson Town Team, said: “The Arts and Vintage Market has been a huge success and The Shop will build on that as a permanent feature for the town.”
Kiki said: “I had a sneak preview of The Shop before it opened and visited again when it opened briefly for the Arts and Vintage Market. And it’s amazing what a great job the Pendle Leisure Trust team has done.
“There were power tools around and shop fittings being pulled off the walls when I first went in.
“It was hard to imagine how they’d pull it off. There was dust everywhere!
“But now it’s a truly inspiriting, colourful vintage emporium and a friendly place for families to relax in too. “I’ll be bringing my family here, for sure!”
Artist in Residence Helen Oxley has opened her studio there and The Shop is now open every week Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 3pm for brews and browsing.
For details of arts and crafts workshops at The Shop, please pop into The Shop in the Victory Centre on the corner of New Scotland Road and Manchester Road Wednesday to Saturday or send a message via The Shop Facebook page or ring The Shop Wednesday to Saturday on 612110.