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CAN'T FIND THE YARN YOU WANT? OPEN YOUR OWN SHOP - CHERRY WHITAKER DID!

When she couldn'tfind the craft materials she wanted, Cherry Whitaker didn't grumble. Instead she opened her own shop, and is nowthe owner oflnspi rations Handicrafts in Exeter.

"I used to buy my craft materials by mail order, but it was neverquite what I really wanted," she explains. "Then I went to a show and came home with so much stuff, and my husband just looked at it and asked 'why don'tyou open your own shop?' About eight weeks later we opened our shop doors!"

Inspirations has been supplyingthe knitters and crafters of Exeter for 12years now, and when they were ready to expand Cherry took over another shop. Handicrafts, in a bigger premises. Handicrafts had been in business since 1949, but the ownerwas lookingto retire: the perfect opportunity for Cherry.

"We're a one-stop shopforall sorts of crafts. I added the yam and knitting section after we'd been going a while and that's done brilliantly. Socks are the bigthingatthe moment; we sell so much sockyarn and I'm addicted to them!"

So what's her secret? "Our staff-and our service. All the staff are ready to help customers and give advice on their knittingdilemmas, and if one person doesn't know there's sure to be someone in that will! Our customers really appreciate it, and we appreciate them. All the customers are so lovely and they're definitely the best part of runningthe business."

Visit Inspirations Handicrafts ^ at 5 Central Station, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SB or call the shop on 01392 435115 for ^A more information

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Visit Inspirations Handicrafts ^ at 5 Central Station, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3SB or call the shop on 01392 435115 for ^A more information

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