Ipswich: Festive boost for independent retailers Maud’s Attic and Loveone

TWO independent businesses on one Ipswich street say they enjoyed a welcome seasonal boost over Christmas, despite the doom and gloom elsewhere in the retail sector.

Wendy Childs from Maud’s Attic and Cathy Frost from Loveone, both based in St Peter’s Street, have each reported great sales over the festive period.

Wendy says her figures have been up year-on-year, and adds that she thinks other shops along the road are finding the same thing.

“I think everyone down here is pleased,” she said. “While the high street has been complaining about sales being down, we’ve all done very well.”

She puts it down to a number of things, including new shops setting up, the success of the street’s fairs and their quirky wares.

“We have a huge community here,” she added. “We all work together.

“I think the main thing is that we’re all individually owned. We work very hard at providing good customer service.”

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Cathy added: “I’ve been her for four years and last year has been our best yet. The challenge is to be more attractive to people who are a bit unsure about small independent shops.”