New lease of life for old bike shop

Christine Plummer who has opened a new homeware shop on Gladstone Road called Poppy Joans.. 110834b
Christine Plummer who has opened a new homeware shop on Gladstone Road called Poppy Joans.. 110834b
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A NEW business venture has seen a disused shop brought back in to use.

Poppy Joans, a new homeware and accessories shop, has opened in Gladstone Road on the site of the former Sleightholmes cycle shop.

Christine Plummer, who always dreamed of owning a shop, has transformed the old building, which has been empty for a number of years, in to a colourful home for her new business.

The renovation of the shop took around 12 months as Mrs Plummer spent weekends working on site after being made redundant from her job in the civil service.

Mrs Plummer said: “I have always wanted my own shop, it has been a long-term dream of mine.

“I worked in the civil service for a number of years, and when I was made redundant I saw it as an opportunity to just do it. I never would have otherwise, so I seized the day and decided to set up my own business.

“Although the shop needed a bit of work doing to it, it was exactly what I was looking for.

“It has a nice shop front, and footfall on Gladstone Road is quite good with a lot of people walking to and from school at the end of the road. There is quite good parking here too for people wanting to call in.”

Mrs Plummer said she is aiming the business at local clientele rather than season tourist-based custom.

She said: “I don’t want the shop to end up being a seaside souvenir shop. I wanted it to be for local people in Scarborough, somewhere where they can get unique gifts and accessories for their home. I just hope people will see we are here.”

The shop is named after Mrs Plummer’s parents, as her dad was called Poppy by her daughter, and her mother’s name is Joan.