Mum opens her own shop after los­ing job

‘You have to try’ says new owner of Lisa’s Closet

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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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

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