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Crowland loses upcycling shop but business continues online

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A downturn in trade on the High Street has seen Crowland’s dedicated upcycling shop, Bon Appéchic, close its doors.

But it’s not the end of the story or the business for partners Sue Parsons, of Spalding, and Sophie Mace, of Deeping St Nicholas.

Bon Appéchic will trade through Facebook, where they have 3,000 followers, and Sophie will continue selling her wares from Market Deeping Antiques and Crafts Centre.

Sue Parsons with her "survivor bench" created for someone who has either beaten or is battling breast cancer
Sue Parsons with her "survivor bench" created for someone who has either beaten or is battling breast cancer

Sue is launching her own website - www.suechic.co.uk - and running workshops, passing on the art of upcycling, which has been her passion for 30 years.

One of Sue’s most stunning pieces, her “survivor bench”, is helping to raise money for the research and care charity, Breast Cancer Now.

Tickets are available for £5 through the Bon Appéchic Facebook page and buyers can nominate someone battling the illness - or a survivor - as a potential recipient of the bench.

A colourful section of the "survivor bench"
A colourful section of the "survivor bench"

The bench is decorated with beautiful flowers and a butterfly as a result of Sue applying specialist transfers available only to people in the trade.

Uplifting messages are painted in a fine hand declaring “I am a survivor”, “Living for Love” and “To be brave is to cry but still to fight on.”

The hope is that the bench will be placed in a spot where it will provide peaceful moments for the recipient.

Sue said: “I feel very strongly about this because I lost my sister-in-law to breast cancer.”

Bon Appéchic opened in South Street on March 3, 2018 and business was great until the second half of this year when the High Street nationally saw a slow down.

Sue believes Brexit uncertainty is part of the problem as well as consumers listening to experts about keeping their money in their pockets.

The slowdown was dramatic for Bon Appéchic.

“It’s like we were in different universes,” said Sue. “I think it has finally dawned on people that Brexit is going to happen. People are thinking ‘perhaps we ought to hang onto our money’.”

But learning the art of upcyling from experts like Sue and Sophie is something that can save us money, not to mention the environment.

Sue says just about anything can be upcyled and when we change our decor at home there’s no need to throw out our lamps and vases because they can be given a new look.

Sue and Sophie’s shop was filled with handpainted furniture, gifts, homewares, crafts, greetings cards and more, and they built up a loyal following of people.

The pair will miss chatting to customers but hope the relationship will continue online.

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