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Thursday, 18 December 2014

I Love Keswick shop opens - in Keswick

Visitors to Keswick are feeling the love – and it’s all thanks to Tessa Turnbull.

I Love Keswick shop photo
Tessa Turnbull

The shop owner has opened an I Love Keswick shop, with clothing and souvenirs bearing the logo.

She decided to create the brand after talking it over with her partner, Jason, and basing it on the I Love New York theme.

“Having researched the local market, there was nothing that really stood out as iconic, like the I Love New York branding,” she said. “I decided to follow suit with I Love Keswick.”

Tessa’s shop sells everything from flip flops and hairbrushes to small games and toys, and “holiday essentials”.

She previously worked in another shop in the town and seized on the chance to open her own premises.

She said her parents, Jan Scammell and Paul Bostock, “did a great deal” to help her set up the shop.

Her brother, George, was visiting from Australia when stock was arriving and he was also happy to lend a hand, she added.

“Being my own boss is exciting and challenging,” she said. “I felt ready to take on this venture based on my background in administration and retailing.”

Tessa is not just targeting the holiday market, she said, she plans to stock seasonal goods such as Halloween costumes and party items. She also wants to work with youth groups and community organisations who would be interested in bulk order toys or gifts.

I Love Keswick has already attracted followers on its Facebook page and will soon have a website.

“I look forward to being part of the business community; by working together we can ensure a vibrant and thriving high street experience for locals and visitors alike,” she said.

Tessa received support from the Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth Network, a project delivered by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.

Visit www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk or phone 0845 22 600 40 for more information.

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