Sharon &

A Shop called…

by on Apr.04, 2010, under Always Special

Ok….Where do I start?

Christmas came…and went. Not having enough to do with five kids, four cats and a completely mad Labradoodle puppy….I had a mad idea. To open a shop!!!

Having spent months social networking in order to promote my website, the website was now ticking along quite nicely and the fact that Google had rewarded all the hard work with giving us a page ranking of “ONE!!!” …..joyous ocassion….well nearly!!!!  :)


So back to the shop. The thought of a shop just would not budge… eventually I blurted it out to Andy….who agreed it was a good idea. Here is where I will cut a short story even shorter. By the 15th jan 2010 I held the keys to 20 Leg Street. Oswestry….on the 6th Feb 2010, on a sunny Saturday Morning I opened the door to “Always Special” for the first time!!!!!

Sounds easy eh?



I think I had under estimated just how much hard work goes into having a large family and opening a shop!!!! The shop was completely repainted, walls pulled down, every cabinate and table purchased for the shop was painted to match…..I was seriously sick of Deluxe Ivory Lace, Cookie Crumble and Celtic Cream by the end.  Added to all this I was referred to have a course of Physio (“slight problem” with lower back) and ended up running twice a week to the Hydrotherapy pool !!!

The street we are in is lovely,  most of the ”neighbours” have been in and introduced themselves, and a big thank you to all my friends who have popped in to say hi…..moments like – sitting in the back of a hired transit, completely holding the traffic up, promising the local “traffic warden” that you will not be long….and wondering “should I have bothered opening a shop?”  just seem to fade

Now six weeks on…Always Special is settling into Oswestry. The comments that have come from customers have completely blown me over,  the lovely warm responses and thank yous make the few weeks of soul-destroying painting/cleaning and getting ready totally worth it!!.

Added to my Towel/Nappy cakes is a range of Handmade Jewellery, Handbags….and a stunning range of totally natural soaps (some made with Goat’s milk!!!) These are made for me by a lovely lady called Loretta, who I call “my mad professor” she will literally make soap out of anything!!! I have to say I would NEVER use any other soap again!!!

 I want to expand the gift selection in the shop and am in the process of painting (ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!) the second floor.  So that’s where I’m at……If you follow TheBruv’s on Twitter and miss the banter (usually between Ms Stephanosis) , then  I must take this opportunity to apologise….I usually bring my laptop to the shop….They cannot be trusted with a laptop and internet connection!!!! I would come home to a delivery of female kittens,  a purchase of a pub (and all it’s contents) or something worse!!! they will be back.


I will leave you with some pics of the shop on the day it opened….take care and thank you for taking the time to read this.  :)

An empty looking shop!!

An empty looking shop!!




BTW did I mention that I wanted to open an Hotel…………………………………………….. ;)

1 Comment for this entry

  • Elizabeth

    Sharon, I’m rather late to see this, but congratulations on opening your shop, it looks absolutely fantastic!

    I will add the address details of your shop under the ‘Shropshire’ heading, on the stockists page of the Chiggs website, if you’d like.


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