Helen is drawing on arty knowledge at craft shop

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A business had great success opening for Louth’s recent Victorian Family Fayre and is hoping for similar support at the upcoming late-night shopping events.

H&J Arts & Crafts opened its doors in Mercer Row in October last year selling paintings and card-making and arts materials.

Proprietor Helen Grant says sales have been healthy – to the extent she has doubled her stock in six months.

She said: “At a time when many independent craft shops across the country are closing down, I am so happy with my first year’s trading and I want to thank all those customers from Louth and beyond who have supported me.”

She says the secret of staying in business is to offer something different and keep pace with market trends.

“For example,” she said. “I have studied Perganano, which is working with parchment in the making of things like cards and picture frames. Already I’ve built up an established clientele not only from Louth but as far afield as Grimsby, Cleethorpes, the coastal resorts and Boston.”

Helen said she opened for the Victorian Family Fayre and had a great day. “I sold three pictures, one of which was the most expensive in the shop – a painting of Walesby church by George Odlin. George is well known in Louth – he conducts the arts classes held at the Millers Daughter pub in Northgate. The painting fetched £325 and went to a London buyer. I was thrilled.”

Helen was born in Louth’s Crowtree Hospital and went to school first at Scamblesby, near her home in Goulceby, and then Cordeaux.

Her shop will be open for the special Christmas late shopping on the nights of December 9 and 16.