It is hard to believe where the last 5 years have gone.
Yes that's right! 5 years ago I took over the Northwich Art Shop from Debbie (who remains my landlord). I have met some incredible people along the way. People who have inspired me to push forward and to challenge the concept that high street stores don't work and that we are 'not relevant' when you can buy everything (and a bit more) on the internet! Well I don't agree - sometimes you need to be able to look, feel and touch - and of course be able to ask a question (and if I don't know then I will do my best to find out!).
I believe that what makes the difference for our business is our outreach programme supporting local art groups and individual artists that makes what we offer special, - of course we don't get everything right (but who does?) but that gives valuable learning and hopefully means that we can tweak and change to deliver better opportunities in the future.
I took a bit of a punt last year with Grand Day Out in Northwich and Cracking Christmas in Middlewich. This year we celebrated again with Grand Day Out 2 being more focused on our artists and producers and again we enjoyed over 1000 visitors! Well ... heres news - we have booked for #3 on July 4th 2020 in Northwich!
We are looking forward to our second Cracking Christmas in Middlewich on November 17th, and already have a great line up of brilliant artists registered to join us!
The lifeblood of my business is YOU ...
We enjoy a brilliant relationship with our customers. They accept (mostly) our kind of random opening hours (it can be hard running a business single handed) necessary to accommodate personal needs - and a family who seem accident prone!.
So it is to YOU that I extend a hearty thank you for your support.