The owner of a horse riding and country clothing store in Long Sutton is enjoying the best of all worlds at the moment.
Nicola Clarey’s experience in the clothing business and passion for all things equestrian has resulted in a steady stream of customers at her Jods and Jackets shop in Market Place.
It opened in October 2012 as a means of filling an “empty space” above the flooring shop run by Nicola and her husband Nick.
“We wanted to do something with an empty space above the flooring shop we run and, as I have a background in showjumping and grooming horses, I wanted to do something involving horses,” Nicola said.
“But it took me a little while to decide what to do until I chose to start selling secondhand riding clothes and it has since become a riding, showjumping and countrywear shop.”
In keeping with the Spalding Guardian’s Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign this year, Nicola is keen to emphasise that her role is as much to give customers advice on riding and owning horses as it is to sell jackets, waistcoats, showjumping shirts and accessories.
“We get proper competitive riders in the shop, but we also get people from off the street who are interested in country clothing,” Nicola said.
“People love it because it’s more of a boutique than a saddlery, very welcoming and a place where they can have a chat.
“Long Sutton is really good for us, with free parking outside the shop so that people can come here, do a little bit of shopping and have a cup of tea.
“The more people we have here, the merrier and they will be pleasantly surprised.”