A LEES woman does not need to nip out to the shops because she has brought the shop to her home.
Marie Travis spotted a gap in the market for a women’s clothes shop but could not find anywhere to launch it.So she took the step of converting the back room of her house into Poppet’s Place.
Not bad seen as she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“The shop is literally the back room of my house,” said Marie, who lives on Melford Grove. “I needed space to run the business from so I converted it!
“We set up on May 17, mainly as an online thing, but I ended up with stock and needed somewhere to put it.
“Now the shop is at my house. It’s fairly easy to spot as there’s a four feet high mermaid on the gate and to get in it, you walk down the path at the side and get in that way when we’re open.”
You may think operating a shop from your home limits your market but Marie has found the opposite is true.
“The support I’ve had has been overwhelming,” she added. “I’ve even been getting orders from Australia and Cyprus.”
Marie, who sells women’s clothes and accessories, has done her bit for charity by raising £1,000 for The Christie Hospital.
Now she is now helping cheerleading group Tameside Tycoons reach the USASF Dance World Championships in America in April.
October 12 sees a fashion show at All Saints School in Dukinfield while October 18 will see Marie at the Three Crowns in Scouthead hosting a pop-up shop while The Body Shop will also be there.
She rounds off a busy month by hosting a Hallowe’en party at her base.
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