Mixed fortunes for two businesses in Stamford

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A NEW jewellery and gift shop is set to open but the news is not as good for a furniture business.

Paradise Found will open in St Mary’s Street, Stamford.

But Mark Elliot Furniture in Bath Row is holding a closing down sale and is due to close but it is not known when it will finally shut its doors.

Matthew and Jackie Seago are looking forward to opening Paradise Found in the shop formally occupied by Mayhem, which closed in January.

The store will be selling a range of jewellery products, designer gifts and homeware goods. Unusually, it will also offer customers the chance to buy the store’s display cabinets and wallpaper.

Matthew and Jackie are hoping the store will be ready to open next Saturday.

Matthew said: “It’s going to be a new concept because everything you see in the shop you can buy. If you like the look of something you can buy it.

“It’s going to be predominantly a jewellery shop, promoting a number of young British designers, but in general we’ll be offering luxury gifts at affordable prices.”

It will be the first shop the couple, who are from Northampton, have opened.

The Walkabout shop in St John’s Street, Stamford, will be changing its name to “Love It” in the coming weeks.

It is changing names because it no longer sells Australian goods and now offers a range of small gifts and cards.

Owner Will Oscroft said: “We are hoping the name change might bring more people into the shop for those who think we only sell Australian products.

“Trade has picked up in the last few weeks but we’re striking while the iron’s hot in the hope to get more customers through the doors.”

The shop will be closed next week while the Mid-Lent Fair runs in Stamford.

The Millstone Inn, in All Saints Street, is also changing its name following a change in ownership.

It will reopen as Kind At The Millstone Inn in mid-April under Kind Bars. The store is currently open at weekends only..

Administrators have been appointed for women’s clothes shop Fenn Wright Manson, which has a shop in High Street, Stamford.

There are closing down sale posters being displayed in the shop window.