Friday, November 20, 2015

News: Craft Corner moves to bigger premises

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The rejuvenation of the former Georgian Town House at 29-29a High Street in Rotherham town centre has taken a giant step - new tenants have moved into the ground floor retail unit.

The Craft Corner and Bears' Den has relocated from its previous home in the Riverside Precinct as they celebrate 20 years of trading in Rotherham town centre. As well as offering a range of craft-making materials, Craft Corner is the only stockists of Steiff and Charlie Bears in Rotherham.

Part of a complex of mixed-used retail outlets focusing on listed buildings, the Georgian Town House contained the remains of the Italian restaurant and has been painstakingly restored with a new Victorian shop frontage and Doric door.

It was once occupied by the Badger family, a notable family of solicitors and lawyers.

Owners Keith and Dawn Topliss made the move to their new larger store with support from Rotherham Council's Business Development Grant Scheme.

Rotherham town centre was named as a Portas Pilot by the Government in 2012 and compiled a pot of £350,000 to support the Council and its town team partners in realising its vision to create a vibrant and thriving town centre with a different retail offer by fostering new, independent businesses. As well as supporting new independent retailers, funding was set aside to support existing town centre retailers to help them undertake significant business development projects.

Keith Topliss, co-owner of The Craft Corner and Bears' Den, said: "We are delighted to be moving to a new bigger store on High Street. The move means we will be able to bring in new ranges, and also hold more of our craft classes and demonstrations, which have proved very popular."

Dawn added: "We'd like to thank all our very loyal customers who have supported us over the last 20 years – hopefully our move to larger premises will stand us in good stead to continue for another 20 years!"

Cllr Denise Lelliott, advisory cabinet member for housing and the local economy at Rotherham Council, added: "Rotherham's High Street is becoming a real hotspot for independent shops and businesses – so the Craft Corner and Bears' Den will certainly be in good company.

"It's great to see a long established business like this continue trading from bigger premises with support from the Council's Business Development Grant Scheme. I am sure they will continue to thrive in their new home on the High Street."

Craft Corner and Bears' Den website
Rotherham town centre website

Images: RMBC

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