It is unique by name. And it is certainly unique by nature. A new shop has opened in a seaside town selling a range of goods, from hand-crafted jewellery to cakes and furniture.
Wor Lizzie’s Younique Emporium launched last Friday in Amble’s Ladbroke Street, bringing a number of businesses under one roof.
Lesley Wilkinson, 52, from the town, will be specialising in the jewellery side of the enterprise while partner Garry Evans, 55, of Delboys Interiors, will be selling shabby chic furniture and accessories.
Meanwhile, Ashington’s Deborah Jameson, 39, of Cup Cakes Galore and More, will be tickling the taste buds with her sweet treats.
“It is a quirky shop and hopefully it will be a success and bring some more business into Amble,” said Lesley.
As well as creating one-off, individual hand-crafted, costume pieces, Lesley will be holding children’s jewellery-making sessions in the shop, as well as children’s jewellery-making parties.
Lesley, a former retail manager, said: “I decided to do some jewellery for something to do as a hobby.
“People liked it so I thought ‘why not try to turn it around as a business’?”
“I started doing craft fairs in North Shields and met Deborah, who like me, used to work for the Co-op, she we had that in common.
“I saw the unit was free in Amble so we decided we would join forces, bring everything under one roof, and see where it went.”
Deborah will be making celebration cakes to order and will be producing cup cakes on a daily basis.
The shop will also stock cake decorations, from candles and cake boards to food colouring and sugar packs.
The Emporium will be open Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 6pm, and Sundays, 9am to 4pm.
The hours may change from January, but Lesley said they will play it by ear.