Turning a hobby into a business

Alan Cleaver catches up with Janette Purdie and finds her hobby has grown to become a small business. Egremont businesswoman Janette Purdie has now opened a shop in Strand Street, Whitehaven. The skilled craftswoman and upcycler began her […]

Alan Cleaver catches up with Janette Purdie and finds her hobby has grown to become a small business.

Inside the delightful new shop opened by Janette Purdie on Strand Street, Whitehaven

Inside the delightful new shop.

Egremont businesswoman Janette Purdie has now opened a shop in Strand Street, Whitehaven.

The skilled craftswoman and upcycler began her business, Vintage Chic, as a hobby and has been trading for the last two years from her home.

But now she’s taken the big step of opening premises in Whitehaven.

There you can buy her upgraded ‘shabby chic’ furniture, perhaps decorated with decoupage. The results she achieve are remarkable and she’s now accepting commissions from customers who want their own furniture revamped in this novel way.

Alternatively you’ll find a range of furniture to buy at her shop in 38 Strand Street (opposite Barclays Bank).

You can also check out her work on her Facebook page (search for Vintage Chic Cumbria).

She adds new items every week in a range of styles and you can also buy a range of gifts (including Janette’s delightful photography) from the shop – just in time for Christmas!

The shop is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.