Business is booming as unique Uppermill gift shop celebrates first anniversary

A TREASURE trove of handmade goodies awaits shoppers at a unique gift shop in Uppermill – and they have more delights than ever as they celebrate their first birthday.

Authentic opened its doors last November as Viki Taylor, Helen Robinson and Joanne Ward teamed up to offer a delightful array of handmade goods from talented local crafters.

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Oscar and Zara cut Authentic’s birthday cake

After a successful 12 months, their shelves are full to bursting with all kinds of products, from soft furnishings, clothes and jewellery to candles, chocolates and soaps.

And Viki, who also runs wooden curios company Woozlewood with her husband Dave, said they were delighted as customers flooded in to Authentic’s birthday party last month.

“A lot of our regular customers came in to celebrate with us, but there were a lot of new people too. It was packed and we were so pleased,” she said.

“We served fizz all weekend and had a gorgeous cake made by Kerri Roberts of Something Yummy Cakes, which was cut by my son Oscar and Helen’s granddaughter Zara.

“The year has been fabulous, really great. We parted ways with Jo as she has full-time work commitments elsewhere but we are very happy with how everything has come together.”

Helen, who creates luxurious Ma’s Bars soaps in a variety of flavours, is one of the 24 local traders now selling their products at Authentic.

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Popular shop mascot Kasper

Others include Woozlewood, Patched Perfection children’s clothes, Jill Woods scarves, Jan Davey pictures, and Town and Country handmade gifts.

Viki added: “Authentic is your one-stop shop for all your gift shopping and will also ensure you will be buying local and supporting local businesses.

“We want to say thank you to all our customers who have supported us in our first year, as well as our families who have given us fantastic support.

“We’ve got lots of regulars now – and some who just come in to see my little helper Kasper. He has his own fan club!,” she laughed.

For more information about Authentic and their products, visit them at 2a Mill Street, Uppermill or find them on Facebook and Twitter @AuthenticUppermill

 

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