Wednesday, 18 November 2009

We've moved!

Sadly, after 3 happy years running a shop in Charing High Street we were faced with the end of the lease! Due to the growth of our website and the high outgoings with renting a shop, we decided not to re-new.

On Friday 6th November we had our last day trading in Charing. Once the news was out, many of our local customers expressed their sorrow that they could no longer just pop-in. It was sad to think that this chapter of serving my customers (friends) was over but it's really exciting looking forward to a new way of working.

As of now The Floral Madam is based in Egerton, where we have a Flower Workshop and an Online Shop for Gifts.

Charing was a great place to be and I will miss being at the heart of such a lovely village. Thank you to everyone, young and old, who visited the shop. You all really helped me learn and build the business, thanks to your much needed support and feedback. I now know my customer well and my customers know me and my products. If feel this is what is needed to have a successful online shop where confidence in the retailer is essential.

As promised, you can now look forward to a better website, more mail-outs and catalogues with your favorite items at better prices. The time, energy and expense of running a shop can now be turned to different things. More 'vintage and collectable' pieces that have often been enjoyed and bought in the shop will soon be available online. As will a range of the much desired furniture that dressed the shop. The Floral Madam looks forward to exhibiting at more fairs, wedding shows and organising our very own 'Open Days'. Most importantly of all, I will have the needed time to focus much more on our brides and corporate customers for 2010.
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  1. Oh I will be sad I will have nowhere to come visit on rainy saturdays anymore, but I understand your growth, I have just made an xmas list for my dear hubby from your site so here's hoping.
    Congrats on the move and I hope it all works out for you x

  2. Shirley-Ann Galbraith25 November 2009 at 17:37

    Hi Kate, I felt so sad when reading your news about the shop. I remember your shop's first day and the excitemnt that it generated but I fully understand, that as a business, you need to move on.
    I would like to wish you the best of luck and to thank you for selecting my handmade goodies and paintings to be in your shop. Please keep in touch.
    Best wishes,
    p.s I hope you have recovered from C.L and do you think you will brave the spring fair?

  3. Thanks for you comments, it means a lot that the shop was enjoyed and will be missed.

    Thank you Shirley for your gorgeous gifts. Loved selling your things and look forward to seeing more of your collection in the near future. Keep up the good work!

    I will keep in touch! Hopefully next time you see me I won't be as stressed! ;)