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About three years ago I started to sell pre-owned vinyl in a couple of antiques centres in my spare time. One of which was Blaby Antiques (where we are now based). The owner of antiques centre Jane Killigrew was planning to add a Coffee Shop at some point, so we agreed for me to lease some indoor and outdoor space and put the plan into action.

We have a mixture of customers, people browsing the antiques centre, recorder collectors and people who just love coffee. We also have the extra benefit of being dog friendly, as is the antiques centre. My wife Ann who runs Cosby Dog Groomers made sure we have a dog station provided, stocked with blankets, treats, water etc.

Blaby has been a great location to set up a new business. It has the benefits of being a busy village centre while also offering the rural surroundings of places like Bouskell Park. I also think there is now more than ever the approach that people like to shop and support local. We're building a great customer base now and have folk returning regularly to meet up, browse the records and enjoy the coffee and cake.

The outside space has been a huge asset in the early stages of our opening. Covid has affected the way people interact with each other and although we are starting to return to some sort of normality, there will always be that appetite for meeting outdoors. Before the winter months approach we will be looking at options to part cover some of the outdoor seating, to cater for all our dog-walker customers who love to pop in en route to the nearby parks.

As we are based within Blaby Antiques Centre, it was very important that we were adding to their already established reputation. The two businesses complement each other and we have a great working relationship. It is great to be part of the independent businesses within Blaby and I think it's so important that we keep the momentum going and continue to support local. 

We have been overwhelmed with the customer feedback and will continue to learn, evolve and grow as time passes."

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Last updated 3 August 2021
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