A VINTAGE shop in the Hopmarket has taken on a new and larger premises.
No 13 Emporium – which provides sewing services, upholstery, industrial lighting, recycled furniture as well as vintage and retro goods – which was formerly Make n Mend at Unit 1 in The Hopmarket, has moved to a front facing position on The Foregate.
Caroline Wickham, owner at No 13 Emporium said: “We are so thrilled to announce the opening of our new store. We had grown out of our former premises and were delighted when a bigger unit became available. It also gave us the opportunity to rebrand as our services have grown.”
Make n Mend originally opened its doors in The Hopmarket in July 2018; previous to this, Caroline worked from home for 10 years; as her reputation and workload increased she needed more space and her offering grew to include sewing services, upholstery, home furnishings, craft classes including sewing and chalk, as well as shabby chic furnishings and gifts.
Bill Simpson, trustee at The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said : “We are immensely proud of Caroline and her team in achieving such an important milestone. It is testimony to her business acumen and drive that she has not only developed a robust business but has continued to grow during such challenging times. Congratulations Caroline, we all wish you well in your new venture.”
Caroline’s plans for the future include delivering craft classes to include decoupage, painted furniture, upholstery and sewing; the shop also hopes to expand into home furnishings such as cushions and blinds.
The new premises also has two rooms for hire with the aim being to rent them out to local crafts people for classes and meetings.
Worcester’s Hopmarket is home to a range of independent retailers, including hairdressers, gift shops and cafes.
The Hopmarket has been a place to do business since 1731 where dealers came to trade hops. In the early 1900s the site was replaced with the current building to become a hotel and bank before being converted to a thriving shopping courtyard.
No 13 Emporium is open from Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5.30pm and Sunday 11am to 4.30pm.