Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­

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

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