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Award hopes for vintage store

Sisters Suzy Rowe and Jenny Rowe have opened up their new shop, Holloways of Poulton, selling vintage clothes and handmade items.

Sisters Suzy Rowe and Jenny Rowe have opened up their new shop, Holloways of Poulton, selling vintage clothes and handmade items.

A Poulton shop is in line for a top award.

Holloways, based in Chapel Walks, has been nominated for the best regional shop in this year’s National Vintage Awards taking place in Birmingham on Thursday June 19.

Suzy Rowe, who runs the store with her sister Jenny, said: “We are delighted to be up for this award.

“We have worked so hard the past year to build up our little boutique and to have national recognition would be amazing for us and the area.

“We’d love for everyone in Blackpool and the Fylde and Wyre to vote.”

The awards have been created to celebrate independent businesses who keep the 
vintage scene alive.

Suzy Rowe and Jenny set up their business after attending their first vintage and craft fair as stallholders in February 2013.

They started off with one rail of approximately 15 vintage-inspired dresses and a table displaying their handmade jewellery.

The pair, both former Hodgson High School students, first had a small stall of 50s style dresses at a fair in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

When a small shop on Tithebarn Street came free they took a chance and opened up and have seen the concept go from strength to strength, buying in dresses to sell on as well as stocking handmade crafts and accessories made by people they meet at the vintage fairs they run in St Chad’s Church Hall, Poulton.

They later moved to their current bigger premises at Chapel Walks. Suzy added: “Since then we have met a lot of local crafters and fellow vintage lovers at the fairs who have supported us up until this day.”

People can vote for Holloways online during May by visiting www.thenationalvintageawards.co.uk and going to the Best Regional Shop page.

The sisters juggle running the shop, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5.30pm, with studies – Jenny, 23, is studying for her PGCE, and Suzy is taking a degree in network engineering.

 

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