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Cheshire Life - - Inside - PHO­TOS: Emily El­li­son

JENNY WHITE Owner, Classy Lassy at In­spired by Ar­ti­sans and Vin­tage

I’ve al­ways loved fash­ion and, to me, hav­ing this shop and work­ing with a group of other cre­atives is the per­fect place. Dur­ing my trea­ment for breast cancer, com­ing into the shop and spend­ing time with the other girls who work here got me through - it was the per­fect dis­trac­tion. We now have a bra bank in the chang­ing rooms which takes un­wanted bras, re­cy­cles them and do­nates money to lo­cal women af­fected by breast cancer.

EMMA FEARNSIDE Owner, Cheshire Craft Work­shop

Though I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in craft – my mum says I was al­ways sewing when I was younger – I came into the business from a cor­po­rate back­ground. I used to work in the re­tail in­dus­try in the sup­ply chain and com­mer­cial side. But when I lost my brother un­ex­pect­edly it shocked me to my core. I re­alised I didn’t want to spend all my time work­ing, I wanted to be with my fam­ily. I took the leap and bought this place. It was such a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion when I fi­nally got the keys, I knew I’d made the right choice. It’s helped cre­ate the per­fect life­style for me and my fam­ily.

HE­LEN MILLS Owner, Fairy Dust Cake Shop

Bak­ing cakes wasn’t some­thing I ever thought I’d be do­ing. I’ve got a de­gree in graphic de­sign so I imag­ined I’d be cre­at­ing things on screens not in re­al­ity. But af­ter be­ing told how good my cakes were, I took the leap and opened this shop. My favourite thing is cre­at­ing in­tri­cate de­signs; I made a wed­ding cake that had a Poke­mon el­e­ment and I loved it. I’m get­ting mar­ried and I’ll be mak­ing my own wed­ding cake - I can’t wait. I al­ready know it’ll take me months to get it per­fect.

MIKE HILL

Owner, Sandi­way Ales

Tast­ing a range of dif­fer­ent ales is def­i­nitely one of the best perks of the job. I do miss brew­ing our own and I hope in the fu­ture we can go back to it. At the mo­ment, I’m fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing a re­ally cosy pub; a place where reg­u­lars and new cus­tomers can come. We tend to host a lot of events which work well. We were fea­tured on BBC One’s Es­cape to the Coun­try last year – I’ve never thought I’d be in this in­dus­try let alone be fea­tured on such a pres­ti­gious TV show.

CH­ERYL HUGHES

Owner, Nanna Parry’s

This shop means a great deal to me. I used to be a stay-at-home mum which was per­fect whilst my chil­dren were grow­ing up. But I knew I wanted to go back into work. I have my hus­band to thank for this shop; he saw it was up for sale and bought it for me for my 40th birth­day. I was so shocked be­cause, re­ally, who gets a sweet shop as a birth­day present? I’ve named it af­ter my late mum so, for me, it feels like a true fam­ily business.

ROBERT STEPHENS Fal­conry ex­pert, Cheshire Fal­conry

I saw my first fal­conry demon­stra­tion when I was 11 – I was in­stantly hooked. I dab­bled in it for a few years and I’ve been work­ing at Cheshire Fal­conry since 2000. I didn’t think I’d be work­ing in this field but it’s a great life­style. To me, it’s the best job; I come in and chat to the birds, ob­vi­ously when no-one’s around, and spend my day mak­ing sure they’re happy. The best feel­ing is see­ing them fly free and hav­ing them re­turn to you.

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