Lucy returns 'Home' to launch a new lifestyle shop in Linton
PUBLISHED: 15:26 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:26 07 August 2018
A woman who grew up near Duxford has returned home after 26 years to open a brand new lifestyle shop.
‘Home’ will replace the Village Barber in High Street, Linton, and will open its doors on August 11 to the public for the first time after undergoing refurbishment.
Shop owner, Lucy Cooper has more than 25 years of retail experience having been one of the youngest people to ever manage a Laura Ashley retail outlet in London’s West End, aged just 19.
After raising a family, Lucy returned to work as the manageress of a leading lifestyle shop in Oxfordshire’s Chipping Norton. Lucy worked there for three years, and, most recently, gained additional retail experience by working at John Lewis, in Cambridge, while she began to write her business plan.
Lucy says her new shop will be home to an eclectic mix of products: the left side of the store will focus on the men, and the right will have a more feminine feel.
The stock will be gift orientated, with items catering for all budgets, ranging from tea lights at £6.95 to men’s shirts at £50. There will be Home branded products; jewellery, clothing, gifts, cards and wrapping paper.
Lucy, who grew up locally in Heydon, near Duxford, and spent most of her adult life in Oxfordshire, has always had a strong desire to return ‘home’ to put into practice what she has learnt throughout her career.
When thinking of what to call the business, not only did she like the word ‘home’ but it also had so much meaning for her and what it represented to the family and friends she questioned in her market research.
Lucy, said: “All I want for the business is obviously to earn a living, but also to be part of the community. I would like people to feel they can come in for a chat and/or browse. I want everyone to feel welcome.”