Brewing up expansion to celebrate 21 years

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A WOMAN is marking 21 years in business with a double expansion at her Scarborough craft store.

Since 1990 Sue Monkman has had retail craft premises around the town, including The Craft Store, in Victoria Road, which she opened in 2002.

The store started a one room, though over the years has grown to three rooms and a work shop.

Now to celebrate 21 years in business Mrs Monkman is growing the shop further through the addition of a new tea shop and a new range of stock.

Mrs Monkman said: “With the business going from strength to strength I have decided to expand in to knitting wools.

“Two Scarborough wool shops have recently closed leaving knitters at a bit of a loss as to where to go for their wool.

“In these difficult economic times I believe a dedicated wool department within my shop will stand more of a chance of success than a shop trying to succeed on selling wool alone.

“I just hope local knitters will give their support for this new direction at The Craft Store as the more customers that use us the better the range can be.”

The Craft Store already had a small range of wools, however Mrs Monkman has now earmarked a large area of the shop for the new knitting department.

Mrs Monkman herself has more than 40 years experience in knitting, and says she is looking forward to offering help and advice to customers as well as setting up a weekly knitters circle.

She will also be adding knitting workshops to her existing range of workshops which take place at the store.

The new tea room has been added at the back of store, and is something Mrs Monkman says she has always wanted to add to the business.