Town shop celebrates birthday

Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls and consort Bob Hulls with Sandra Lee at Harpur and Finch's first birthday celebration.
Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls and consort Bob Hulls with Sandra Lee at Harpur and Finch's first birthday celebration.
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An Ilkeston gift shop has held a celebration to mark being open for a year.

Sandra Lee, who owns vintage-inspired Harpur and Finch said her shop’s survival in a town which now has 72 empty business units, is down to her offering customers something out of the ordinary.

“We do things that are different,” she explained.

“I think you have got to be different to survive at the moment.

“Most of my customers say that it’s a shame there aren’t more shops like us on the high street.”

Sandra opened the Bath Street store in November last year.

Mayor of Erewash Cllr Jennifer Hulls came along to the shop last week to join customers for a mince pie and glass of bubbly.

Sandra said Cllrs Hulls and husband Bob also bought a few Christmas presents while they were there.

“Ilkeston is a lovely town and we have such lovely customers,” said Sandra.

“They have supported me so much and without them the shop wouldn’t be here.”

Erewash Labour leader Cllr Alex Philips said during a scrutiny committee meeting last week that Ilkeston now has 72 empty business premises.