New shop to boost business

A crafts and antiques centre is to open up in Kimberley to encourage more trade in the town.

The owner of Madhatters cafe, Nygel Stevenson, is helping to launch the business at the top of James Street, which will be called Alice’s Antiques, Crafts and Collectables.

He said it will encourage shoppers in to James Street, helping other businesses in the road.

“It’s to get more people up James Street. It’s such a lovely little street. It’s also a great opportunity to help out the crafters and the dealers who can’t afford a shop of their own.”

Nygel said increased footfall in the town will also help his own business, and if the centre is successful, he will look at opening a second tea rooms inside.

The new venture will be owned and ran by Tessa Nelmes, who runs Dynorod in the premises above.

After struggling to sell the downstairs of the three-storey property, Nygel suggested Tessa open up a new business that would help pay for it.

The madhatter is confident the business will be a success after a post on facebook was shared a whopping 10,000 times.

“I couldn’t believe it. For a little place like Kimberley it’s just amazing,” he said.

Nygel is organising the stall holders and there will be an open day on June 23 for anyone interested.

Stalls will cost just £10 per week. The shop is due to open at the end of July.