New craft shop in city cen­tre

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

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

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