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Kent Messenger Maidstone - - YOURLOCAL -

An on­line busi­ness has taken a big step by open­ing a store.

Hkidswear opened on Swan Street in West Malling on Satur­day. The bou­tique stocks Span­ish in­spired chil­dren’s clothes and ac­ces­sories for tots aged up to three years old.

Owner Hope Oliver, pic­tured, has been run­ning the com­pany on­line for 18 months, and has de­cided to branch out.

She said: “It seems to have been a big­ger suc­cess than I ever imag­ined, so when I saw a shop ad­ver­tised in West Malling I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to open this as a store for my kidswear.”

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked at de­signer brand Michael Kors, Miss Oliver was in­spired to work closer to home when her grandad, Harold Oliver, fell ill, and left her po­si­tion to be closer to home. Her grandad, known as H, is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the brand name.

She said: “Hav­ing my own busi­ness and run­ning a shop is all I’ve ever dreamed of. I hope to do my grandad proud.”

The store, at Unit 4 Mill Yard, will be open be­tween 9.30am and 5pm Mon­day to Thurs­day, and be­tween 9am and 4pm on Fri­day and Satur­day.

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