A FORMER car showroom on the edge of Ashbourne has been turned into a winter wonderland ahead of Christmas, as part of a new chapter for a family-run firm.
Prestons Garage, in Derby Road, has been trading since 1930 and the third-generation Preston, John William Preston, is swapping cars for his creative flair to add a new arm to his successful floristry business.
John has remodelled the top showroom, which backs on to old Derby Road, sitting beside the busy junction with Derby Road, into a home showroom, showcasing a new range of home furnishings.
Part of the garage, which still has a busy forecourt and service centre, has been home to John’s renowned floristry business for many years, but the new business, John Preston Home, has been opened following what John refers to as “popular demand”.
The new home furnishings, which are currently seasonally set out with a Christmas theme, include items suitable for living rooms, dining rooms and other parts of the home.
To tie in with the festive season, John is also holding a series of Christmas markets, beginning this month.
The markets will run on Thursday, November 15 and Thursday, November 22 from 5pm until 8pm and again on Sunday, November 18 and Sunday, November 25 from 11am until 4pm.
To find out more about the new business or the market events, call 01335 300076.
Prestons Garage in Derby Road has been transformed into a home showroom