Former charity worker’s big career change

A TOUCH OF GLASS: Katrina Farrow was inspired to open Water Street Glass after seeing pieces in Cornwall.
A TOUCH OF GLASS: Katrina Farrow was inspired to open Water Street Glass after seeing pieces in Cornwall.

A new shop in Lavenham represents a “dream come true” for a woman taking her first steps in retail after seven years as a charity worker.

Katrina Farrow, who lives in Chapel Close in Great Waldingfield, opened Water Street Glass, which sells glass homeware, last month.

Mrs Farrow spent seven years as a home help for Age UK, helping elderly people with daily tasks around Sudbury, Lavenham and Long Melford before she was inspired to follow her dream of running her own a business.

“I was on holiday in Cornwall last year and I was in a gallery belonging to glassware artist Jo Downs,” she said. “I said to her partner ‘I could sell this all day, it is lovely’ and he said they were looking for more outlets. That set the cogs in motion.”

Mrs Farrow’s daughter Verity, 18, helps out in the shop at weekends and, although business during the week has proved steady in comparison to the busy weekends, she said she is enjoying the project.

“It is a dream come true. It is a complete change but I felt I wanted something different,” she said. “I feel the time is right, even though we could be in a recession for a few more years.”

Water Street Glass is able to take bespoke orders for pieces from the whole of the UK.

For more information, search for Water Street Glass on Facebook or call 01787 249864.