A WOMAN says she will be forced to close her business if she does not find a buyer by Christmas.
Cat Speers runs Paint A Pot Place in West Street, Bourne. The shop offers ceramic painting sessions for individuals and groups, and has been running for more than four years.
But for Cat, 27, from Tarragon Way, Bourne, running the shop on her own six days a week has become too much.
She said: “I made the decision for personal reasons.
“The shop is doing fine, it’s very popular and people are still coming in but it has become too much work.
“I have been feeling like this for a while and I needed to make the decision. If no-one buys the shop by Christmas then I am going to have to close.”
The shop has become part of the community in Bourne and regularly offers free workshops.
Cat is hopeful that someone will take it over and keep the business alive.
She added: “I have great customers that come from all over and it would be great if someone could carry it on.
“It’s the sort of business that brings lovely, creative and friendly people in.
“Customers have become my friends which is why it is such a hard decision to close.”
The idea for the shop came after Cat attended a session at a similar business in London while between jobs.
She admits she had no experience in art or pottery, but liked it so much she decided to set up shop in Bourne.
Cat added: “I have no artistic ability, I just really enjoyed it.
“I have loved every single moment of it. It is hard work, six days a week, but I couldn’t ask for nicer customers.”
Cat plans to stay open until Christmas whether she finds a buyer or not, and has no intention of easing away from the business until then.
She said: “I have found it really difficult to see past the shop and I don’t want to see past it because I will stop caring about what I am doing at the moment.
“I will be sad to leave it behind but it is time to move on.”
She has thanked her customers for supporting her over the years, and added that a lot of unfinished items are still in storage and customers are welcome to come in and collect them at any time.
Since announcing her plans to close on the shop’s Facebook page, Cat has had some interest but no concrete offers.
If you would like to know more about the business and are interested in taking over, she can be contacted on 07900 657928 or 01778 420409.
Alternatively, visit the shop which is open every day except Tuesday.