Free town parking a real boon for shoppers

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MARKET Rasen has a lot of good things going on – now we need to bring them all together.

That is the view of one town business woman who is keen to promote not just her business but all those in the town.

Wendy Harrison owns Blue River Jewellery in Queen Street and has been at her current premises since June.

Previously, she occupied a smaller shop further down Queen Street

She has been making handcrafted jewellery for the past six years and prides herself on the individual service she can give her customers.

“If a customer sees a necklace they like, but would like it in a different colour, then I can make one especially for them, as long as I have the beads to do it.

“Likewise, if they want it longer or shorter then I can adjust it while they wait or do a bit of shopping in the town.”

And Wendy also supports other local craftspeople by stocking sead bead jewellery made at North Willingham and handcrafted silver jewellery from another producer.

“Like many other businesses in the town, we work hard to keep our prices reasonable, and with items starting as low as £1.99, we can cater for everyone.

“There is a perception that you can get things cheaper in Lincoln, but that just isn’t true, especially when you add in fuel costs.

“People are now starting to talk about buying locally, so that is very encouraging

“There are plenty of good reasons to shop in Market Rasen and we just need to make people aware of what there is here.”

Wendy has plans in the new year to start her regular jewellery workshop again in February and is also looking at doing jewellery parties, on top of the many shows she attends.

But it is here in Market Rasen that she feels attention needs to be paid to increase the footfall for shops and businesses.

“We have a fantastic facility in the free parking offered here, but we don’t make enough of it,” she said.

“We need to big this up and maybe even have it feature on the town signs at the entrance to the town.

“I also feel it would be good to employ a town centre manager as they have done in other towns.

“Even if this was on a part time basis it would give a focus and help with possible improvements to the centre.”