A NORTHWICH business that started off as a hobby during lockdown continues to go from strength to strength and thanks to their loyal customers, have just expanded.
Chapel Gift Company opened its Witton Street doors in June last year, with the gifts and trinkets proving to be so popular, owner Beck Strange has now decided to branch out into furniture.
“My family used to run a furniture warehouse in Chester,” she explained.
“I remember spending many of my childhood weekends in there dusting down furniture.
“So, it’s actually something that I’ve always wanted to do.
“My husband suggested I try it, so in a nutshell, that’s how it came it about.”
As well as contemporary furniture, there are plenty of other home furnishings on offer such as mirrors, throws and cushions.
“As well as contemporary styles we also sell oak furniture,” Beck added.
“There’s plenty of accessories too, including wine glasses, so it’s just something extra we wanted to offer our customers.
“When we first opened last year, we did really well, and people seemed to like what we do.
“There’s a lot of negativity around at the moment, but we wanted to buck the trend.”
One aspect of being a small, independent, family-run shop, is the added personal touch, which is perfectly demonstrated by Beck’s husband Greg also playing the role of furniture delivery driver.
She went on: “We don’t put too much of a price on our products either.
“We want to try and look after our customers so that they will actually come back.
“Our idea is that people will get a really good product at a reasonable value.
“It’s also about having that personal touch that you don’t find at bigger stores.
“I’d just really like to thank our customers for their continued support.
“They’re so loyal, and they tell others, so it’s a nice example of how word of mouth can work.
“We couldn’t have expanded without them.”
The shop is currently in the process of setting up its own website, allowing customers to browse their new range of products 24/7 – www.chapelgiftsandhome.co.uk