Tea room owner joins women reviving the high street in Stapleford
Stepping through the doors of one Stapleford shop is like walking back in time.
Shabbylicious Vintage Tea Rooms, in Derby Road, is a real Aladdin’s cave of all things retro.
From the 1930s fireplace sourced from Scunthorpe and an antique vanity case donated by a well-wisher to a 1860s tea set, it’s like walking into a museum.
“Anything quirky, we will try and get our hands on it,” said Rebecca Ashworth, who runs the shop with partner Michael Huzzard.
“And if it hasn’t got a ‘not for sale’ sticker on it, you can buy it. If you sat at the table and chairs and you liked the table and chairs, you can buy them.”
The shop, which sells old-fashioned home-made food, has been doing a roaring trade since opening in December.
It was opened by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry and has hosted a visit from Penny Mordaunt, Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Ms Ashworth, 38, who is part of a business network called Aspiring Women and also a member of the Broxtowe Borough Council town centre team, said she was part of a female push to get the high street back up and running.
She said: “Stapleford used to be like a ghost town but, in the last five years, we have had some really good independent traders coming back onto the high street, with many that are female-led.”
Mr Huzzard said: “All the businesses are passionate about making Stapleford a more pleasant place to visit.”
Other independent businesses in the area run by women include Tailored to You, All Things Pretty, Simply First and Allison Turner Designs.
Mr Huzzard, 40, a builder who has always been interested in shabby chic furniture, decided to take on the shop with his girlfriend in mind.
He said: “I have a 16-year-old daughter, called Alicia, and a seven-year-old daughter, Matilda, who has additional needs. The idea was I could have a job, but fit it around my daughters. We are passionate about it.”
Stapleford Town Councillor Richard MacRae: “It’s brilliant. It’s another independent shop opened by a female. It’s bringing life back to Stapleford.”