New craft shop in city centre
ANEW era of crafting has begun in the city centre thanks to the arrival of Pondskipper Crafts.
Pondskipper Crafts is a familiar name to keen crafters both in Peterborough and beyond, as the business has been going for five years.
It was set up by local business woman Jan Read, and 18 months ago her husband Steve also came on board as managing director.
As well as the new shop in Westgate Arcade, the company has another store in Woodston Business Centre, as well as a successful online business, which sees Pondskipper send out 200,000 e-mails a month to its database of keen crafters. Earlier this month, Steve Read oversaw the expansion of the business into the heart of Peterborough.
When a shop became available in Westgate Arcade, it was too good a chance to miss.
“It was an opportunity for us to come and open a craft shop in the city centre,” Steve said.
“There isn’t really anything for crafters there now after the closing of other shops.”
Steve hopes that the shop in the city centre will provide added convenience to customers old and new alike.
“People who work in town can come in in their lunch break. It will give a better service and a more convenient service to people who are in town,” he said. “We’re very excited about this development.”
The new shop could not come at a better time, as card making and other crafts have become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Steve believes there are many reasons for this.
He said: “I think people have looked for ways to pass their time. Also, it’s a good hobby to have in good times, but in the recession it can also be great as you create cards that are cheaper than those readymade, and you’re also giving a gift you’ve put time and effort into.”
The new city centre business is a one-stop shop for papercraft supplies, and popular products include rubber stamping, peel offs, decoupage and embossing.
In both stores, as well as great value products, customers will find staff who are hugely enthusiastic about crafting.
Steve said that all sorts of people are Pondskipper customers.
“It appeals to a wide range of people,” he said.
“I think it’s true to say it’s mainly ladies and generally those aged 35 and upwards, but of course everyone is welcome and we’re getting a lot of youngsters now who are interested in making jewellery.”
FOUNDER: Jan Read in the new shop
EXPANSION: The front of the new store in Westgate Arcade