Now well and truly settled into to the kiosk in Park Mall, we spoke to Helen Knight from Glam R Us Accessories to find out a little more about this fabulous small business.
Since opening Glam R Us Accessories in the kiosk next to Wilko in early November, Helen and her team have been working harder than ever to make the business a high-street success.
We popped into town to find Helen at their new location in Park Mall Shopping Centre.
How long have you lived in Ashford for, Helen?
Coming up to 15 years now!
When did you first start trading as Glam R Us Accessories?
What did you do before then?
For 12 years I owned a business in London, a little shop selling special-occasion wear. I decided to take a break and sell the business to bring up my two children. That’s around the time we moved to Kent.
How did you come up with your business idea?
As I was in the retail industry before and had experience owning my own business, it was quite a natural process for me. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and accessories so it just made sense to pursue those interests.
Glam R Us was one of the original tenants of Pop Up Ashford, what did you enjoy about your time there?
Before Pop Up Ashford we were mostly running the business through home and work-place parties and selling our goods at local fairs. Pop Up Ashford was the first experience we had of selling from a high-street store.
I learnt a lot from working closely with other traders and we all seemed to pick up ideas from each other, which was great!
What appealed to you most about taking on this opportunity in Park Mall?
I could see the potential of the location instantly; it’s a great spot just outside of Wilko which is always so busy. The council were very proactive in helping us get set up and promoting us being here too.
What would you say Glam R Us offers that’s a little different to other accessory shops?
Because we are an independent business we have the flexibility of being able to spot trends early and get them on to our shelves before most high-street chain stores.
We stock a lot of items you won’t find anywhere else, so if you want to stand out from the crowd make us your first stop!
What are your future plans for Glam R Us?
Right now we are concentrating on promoting our new location and letting people know we are here.
We have just hired two lovely new apprentices so we have plans to take on some bigger trade fairs too and we also have some new products in the pipeline that we are working with others to promote.
To find out more about Glam R Us Accessories, visit their profile on our loveashford shopping directory.