Another business moves to Bedford!

Shop opening

Local business Absolutely Shabbylass opened its doors this weekend, following the move to Bedford. The business, which will celebrate 11 years in April this year, has just reopened on Castle Road, moving from Ampthill.

Maria Harris-Ash, the owner of Absolutely Shabbylass, said, "My passion lies in the art of upcycling neglected furniture. I conduct workshops in my studio to impart the skill of upcycling to others, and I offer a furniture painting service for customers who prefer not to take on the task themselves. We’re making Bedford our new home and can’t wait to welcome our customers.”

The local business also provides shelf space for over 40 independent small makers and artists. They specialise in crafting unique gifts and homeware, and many of them conduct craft classes in the shop. Maria added, “This arrangement not only offers a retail space for small businesses but also serves as a platform to teach adults various crafting skills, contributing positively to mental health."

At the opening, Mayor of Bedford Borough, Tom Wootton said, “I am delighted to be at this fantastic opening of Absolutely Shabbylass here in Bedford, adding to our distinctive offer for shopping.  Another business relocating to Bedford is always great news.

“Along with my colleagues, I have an aspiration for Bedford and Kempston town centres, to make both of them areas where people want to live, work, shop and spend time.  And Absolutely Shabbylass have joined us on Castle Road to be part of this transformation.”

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