A YOUNG entrepreneur is stepping up her online efforts after bidding farewell to her two long-standing Scarborough shops.
Rebecca Hewson opened Cane Gallery in Victoria Road as a teenager 11 years ago, before expanding into neighbouring premises to launch her shoe shop business, Do you like my shoes?
Now both premises lie empty after Miss Hewson chose to focus solely on her already growing online market.
While Do you like my shoes? has been transformed into a web-only business, Cane Gallery has been sold to another budding teenage shop keeper.
Seventeen-year-old Beth Sample has bought the business, and has already moved it to larger premises further along Victoria Road.
Miss Sample said: “I finished college and I knew I didn’t want to go to university. I talked to my Dad about starting my own business instead.
“Rebecca is a family friend and she mentioned she was interested in selling her business the Cane Gallery.
“I loved the shop and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to take it on and put my own mark on it. I’ve already expanded it by stocking more gift ware as well as the cane pieces.”
While Miss Samples is growing Cane Gallery, Miss Hewson is continuing the success of Do you like my shoes?.
Miss Hewson said: “Do you like my shoes? has been on line for a couple of years, over which time sales have really grown.
“I was told when I had the website designed not to expect to sell anything for a couple of weeks until it gets established. I had orders coming in after just 24 hours.
“Through the internet I have managed to increase sales right across the UK, and it got to the stage where I thought why pay rates and rent when I can do this online.”
Miss Hewson added that she was delighted to be handing over the reins of the Cane Gallery to Miss Sample.
She said: “I am really pleased Beth has taken on Cane Gallery.
“She is the same age as I was when I started the business, and I can see she as that enthusiasm to do well with it.
“It was sad to let it go, after starting it up from nothing all those years ago, but I know Beth will go far.”