Mum opens her own shop after losing job
‘You have to try’ says new owner of Lisa’s Closet
AYOUNG mother who was faced with redundancy has opened a women’s clothes shop in Ruislip Manor.
Lisa Behzadi, 38, was made redundant a year ago after returning to work from maternity leave.
The mum to Layla, six, Olivia, three and Bobby, two, took her passion for clothes and styling, and decided to turn it into a career.
“I have always wanted to work with clothes and I used to do shop work so I completed a course in personal styling after redundancy but I thought ‘do I really want to do shopping for someone else?’.
“What I really want to do is open my own shop.”
So that is exactly what she did, and after weeks of refurbishing and decorating, she officially opened Lisa’s Closet in Victoria Road on Saturday.
Mrs Behzadi, of The Chase, Eastcote, said: “I just went for it, you may as well just do it – you can only try.
“I did a bit a research and from what I could find I don’t think there has been a dedicated ladies clothes shop in Ruislip Manor – at least not for a number of years,” she said.
Mrs Behzadi was joined by guests including Hillingdon Mayor, Councillor Catherine Dann, who helped to cut the ribbon before browsing the shelves.
Lisa’s Closet was the second new shop to open in Ruislip Manor in a week. Shoppers with a sweet tooth welcomed the opening of Honey Bees Cakes in Park Way.
Owner and baker Melissa Gaynor said her dream to open her own shop began as a child helping out in the kitchen – and she quit her job in property sales to bake cakes for a living.
“When I think of baking I think of family and that’s why Honey Bees Cakes is a family affair,” she said.
The shop bakes a variety of cakes fresh in-store daily and also specialises in celebration cakes, launching a line of baking and party supplies soon.
n FRESH START: Mayor Catherine Dann (centre) with mayoress Rita Kilroy (left) and owner Lisa Behzadi and six-yearold daughter Layla as she cuts the ribbon to open Lisa’s Closet