Shop with a difference to toast 21 years in business

GOING STRONG: Fran Nutton, Susie Butcher and Bridget Sharp.
GOING STRONG: Fran Nutton, Susie Butcher and Bridget Sharp.

A willingness to adapt and evolve has allowed a Sudbury business to enjoy success for more than two decades.

Bazaar, in Gainsborough Street, will celebrate its 21st anniversary on Saturday.

The shop is renowned for its unique range of gifts and unusual items.

The business started life in 1993 when it was opened by Susie Butcher and her husband John, who live in Friars Street.

“I was inspired by The Lanes in Brighton and wanted to bring ethnic and Indian artefacts to Sudbury,” said Mrs Butcher.

“There was nothing else like it at that time.”

Over the years, the shop has diversified to meet its customers’ needs, but still offers something different.

“I think it is a destination shop and it has a lovely atmosphere,” said Mrs Butcher, who retired last year when Bridget Sharp took over the shop.

“We have eight-year-olds and 80-year-olds who come in and say it is there favourite place to come.”

Mrs Sharp has worked at the shop on and off since it opened and is helped by Fran Nutton, who has been there for 10 years.

To mark its anniversary, the shop is offering customers a glass of bubbly and 20 per cent off on Saturday.

“We are still quite an ethnic shop and have very loyal customers,” said Mrs Sharp.