New store Adorn Accessories opens but CLC Christian Bookshop to close

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A NEW women’s accessory store has opened its doors in Stamford but the news is not so good for a bookshop which has been forced to close.

Adorn Accessories has moved into a vacant unit in High Street and opened on Saturday.

But the CLC Christian Bookshop in St George’s Street is holding a closing down sale and will shut within the next few weeks.

Located at the end of High Street, Adorn Accessories is an accessory store selling a range of silver jewellery with semi-precious stones and costume jewellery, as well as scarfs, bags, and cosmetics.

The shop is owned by couple Patrick Norwood and Rebecca Carter who have been delighted with their welcome to the town.

Patrick said: “Things are going well and we’re very happy with our start after opening on Saturday.

“With our stock we hope to offer women that really unique accessory piece that finishes off an outfit.

“And with the store itself we’re hoping to create an image and encompass the feel of a jewellery shop in an accessory store.”

The couple from Nottingham have a background in jewellery retail but this is the first time they have opened their own shop.

Patrick added: “We would like to feel that we bring something slightly different to the town. We moved here because Stamford is a beautiful place and everyone has been so welcoming.”

The CLC Christian Bookshop is set to close within the next few weeks due to a fall in customers.

The shop, which is part of a chain that raises funds for Christian organisations, is currently holding a closing down sale.

It opened in the 1970s and sells a range of books, magazines and cds.

Four volunteers work at the store, which include joint managers Kayleigh and Matt Cutforth, who said it will be a shame to see it close.

Kayleigh said: “In this economic climate and with the introduction of e-books, we’ve had a fall in customer numbers and we’ve decided to close the shop down.

“It’s been here a long time and we do have regular customers visiting but it’s not enough to keep it running.”

“It’s going to be missed by many and it will be a shame to see it close. It’s very sad.”

The couple are set to move to Birmingham to work in another CLC branch.

Stock which is left unsold will be distributed to other CLC shops in the country.