ONE Spotlight: Home is Where the Heart is

26 May 2016

Online retail opens up a whole new world to small, independent businesses. It gives them the opportunity to expand their online presence, reach a whole new base of customers, and to really showcase their offering which they work so hard to perfect.
Now, there is a brand new website that is dedicated to Lincolnshire's independent boutiques, crafts people and retailers, ONELincolnshire.com ONE Spotlight: Home is Where the Heart is ONELincolnshire.com is the new brainchild of the Business Hive in Grimsby and this week, after months of hard work and preparation from the team there, ONELincolnshire.com launched as a community marketplace that curates the best, most creative products and unique pieces from across the county. And already, one of the site's local sellers has received an order from a brand new, international customer.
Home Is Where The Heart Is, a small, family-run gift shop, was one of the first members of ONELincolnshire. Owned and managed by Sue Almond and her daughter Becky, the shop has been open in the heart of Grimsby town centre, in Wellowgate, since 2011. It is a wonderful, cosy shop which stocks a variety of gifts and homeware, from decorative signs, candles and keepsake boxes, to hand-knitted blankets, cuddly toys and wall clocks.
Home Is Where The Heart Is has become known for its range of retro and vintage inspired fashion, including the fabulous Ruby Shoo's, and is also a stockist of Autentico chalk paint, with over 150 colours available for your shabby chic projects.
Before the website had even launched, Sue had received an order from a customer in the Netherlands, who purchased one of the shop's popular items, a retro Kellogg's storage tin. Sue said: “It was quite bizarre. The sale came through and I had a query about it, so I spoke to Carrie at the Business Hive.
She looked into it and told me the order had come from the Netherlands! The customer had searched for retro Kellogg's cereal tins and found ours on the site, so they bought it! We sent it to them straight away.” Sue and Becky have put great care into the interior of the store, creating a homely and welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk in - just as their shop name suggests. As well as opening up their collection of stock to a new online audience, Sue hopes that this venture will entice more shoppers into the store.
“Having a small businesses is hard as it is, you just have to keep going and going, so I hope that this new website will help to bring more people to the shop. They can start buying more, through click and collect as well, and then keep coming back to see what we have available.” ONELincolnshire.com showcases a whole range of items from businesses across the county, from beauty products and clothing to bridalwear and computer accessories, in addition to the gifts and homeware sold by Home Is Where The Heart Is. Take a look at the offering from some of Lincolnshire's boutiques and sellers at onelincolnshire.com.

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