Deb­o­rah’s fash­ion prize hope

Busi­ness keeps grow­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Green Fingers - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen woman is all the fash­ion af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious award.

Deb­o­rah Cun­ning­ham, 34, owns the Princess An­gel Star shop in Mount Florida.

Last week she found out one of her loyal cus­tomers had nom­i­nated her for a Scot­tish In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Award.

The for­mer Holy­rood pupil was left stunned when she dis­cov­ered her shop would be go­ing up against four other out­lets in the fash­ions and ac­ces­sories cat­e­gory.

She will at­tend the cer­e­mony on Mon­day, April 25, at Glas­gow’s Crown Plaza ho­tel.

And Deb­o­rah ad­mit­ted she’s go­ing along with the sole in­ten­tion of win­ning.

She laughed: “I hope I win and I think I’ll win. I cer­tainly want to win, I’m a very com­pet­i­tive per­son.

“One of my cus­tomers nom­i­nated me but I don’t know who. I’m de­lighted, I re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing any­thing like this. You just try to work hard.”

Deb­o­rah, who lives in Cathkin hav­ing grown up on Cur­tis Av­enue, set up the shop as an on­line busi­ness four years ago.

She moved into her unit in March last year and has en­joyed great suc­cess ever since, helped by her mum, Katie McNally, from Cam­bus­lang.

A trained ac­coun­tant, Deb­o­rah had been run­ning her mum and dad’s clean­ing busi­ness when fate in­ter­vened.

She said: “I re­ally just fell into this. I in­jured my back and a friend of mine from Lon­don said it was some­thing I should get into with all the time I had.

“Putting out­fits to­gether is some­thing I’d al­ways been in­ter­ested in, I was al­ways help­ing friends out and things like that.”

Char­ity work has be­come an im­por­tant part of Deb­o­rah’s work and she helps out at around 12 char­ity events a year.

She is also fea­tured on global web­site Shop­tiques and re­cently teamed up with Lisa Hague, part­ner of Celtic star Kris Com­mons.

And she ad­mits her job may be the envy of mil­lions of women

Deb­o­rah said: “Ba­si­cally, I shop for a liv­ing. In­stead of buy­ing one thing, I’ll buy eight and sell them on.

“It’s my dream job – it might be the dream job of many women.”

Style WAG Lisa Hague, part­ner of Celtic star Kris Com­mons, has modelled for Deb­o­rah

Fam­ily af­fair Deb­o­rah Cun­ning­ham with mum Katie

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