A POT-painting shop will stay open after a successful appeal to find a new owner.
Cat Speers made the decision last month to sell Paint A Pot Place in West Street, Bourne, as the business she started four years ago was becoming too much work for her.
She said she would be forced to close the popular shop if she did not find a buyer by Christmas.
But a Mercury article about Cat’s appeal for a new owner was passed on to Mark Deith, from Fosdyke, who was looking to start his own business.
Mark, 49, saw an opportunity and decided to take on the shop.
He said: “I think Cat has done a terrific job of starting the business and I can fully understand why she is leaving.
“I want to continue the business along the same lines but add some new things, such as pottery and jewellery making.
“I would like it to be a beacon of creativity in Bourne.”
Mark has always enjoyed pottery as a hobby. He added: “It was the sort of business I was looking for. I wouldn’t have found it if it wasn’t for the Mercury.
“Cat was quite young when she started and she has done a wonderful job. She seems to have quite a loyal fanbase and I want to continue that.”
Cat, 27, from Tarragon Way, is relieved a buyer has come forward and happy the shop will stay open. She has not yet told her customers the good news.
She said: “It has been a bit of a closely guarded secret. I think my customers will be very pleased. A lot of people came in and said how sad they were that I was thinking of closing.”
Cat is looking to find another job, but says she will still be visiting the shop she set up.
She added: “I have no idea what is next, I need to get my head round it and think about things.
“I am worried about what I am going to do with my weekends after having worked them for the last few years, so I will probably become a regular customer.
“I will be keeping in touch with my customers because I have made a lot of friends.”
Cat will continue at Paint A Pot Place until the end of December, when Mark will take over.
She added: “Thanks to all my customers and I will miss you.”