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The Handmade Shop and Gallery, Bury St Edmunds

The Handmade Gift Shop and Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, SuffolkThe Handmade Shop & Gallery, which sells work by East Anglian artists and craftsfolk will be re-opening their shop filled with handmade goodies in a new location and larger premises.

Formerly The Bury Chocolate Shop, 77a St John’s Street is now the ‘go-to’ address for anyone looking for a special, handmade gift or piece of art for their home.

The March Hare Collective, is a group of local artisans who founded the shop a couple of years ago and co-proprietor Jane Crick, herself a designer and illustrator, is thrilled to have found a premises so close to where they started out: “We love being in St John’s Street” she says “it’s full of so many fantastic independent traders who are all very supportive of each other – it’s a real community”

The Handmade Shop & Gallery quickly gained a reputation for showcasing a wide and varied selection of original items from East Anglian designer-makers including original prints, textiles, glass, paintings, silver and gemstone jewellery. Many items are one-off peices, not available for sale on the internet – enabling customers to find that individual piece of artwork.

Jane is supported by her new business partner, Shelley Watts a jewellery designer who sells her silver jewellery under the name Dizzy Dizzigns. “We feel very proud to still have all our original artists involved and we now have the opportunity to showcase even more local talent, with many new designer-makers joining our collective group” says Shelley “plus we also have a ‘Crafters Corner’ where smaller local makers have the opportunity to sell their work.”

The shop is open from 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 5pm on Saturday.

The Handmade Shop & Gallery, 77a St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1SQ  www.thehandmadeshopandgallery.co.uk

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