Josefina, the Uckfield gift and vintage shop, has reopened following a move to the corner of High Street and Grange Road.
Customer Jo Wood won the task of cutting a ribbon to declare the new shop open after ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ a post on the Josefina Facebook page.
Jo is a big fan of the shop and told UckfieldNews.com: “It is different and unusual, just what Uckfield needs.”
Another instant fan this morning was four-year-old Max Farley who was visiting the shop with his father James. Max’s eye was immediately caught by the Christmas decorations. Here he is holding one of his favourites.
Just before the ribbon was cut shop owner Louise Beard thanked her husband Anthony who put in hours of work to refurbish the premises.
Anthony said later that three ceilings were pulled down to reveal the present one and the number of lights removed could have rivalled the Blackpool illuminations if they were all on at once.
He was pleased with the end result and said it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of plasterer Mick Levette, Alex Wood who helped with the general labouring, carpenter Sean Yoell, electrician Matthew Masters, decorator Peter Kingdom, Sussex Signs who produced the signs and Pennells who did the flooring.
It’s been a good week for Louise at Josefina because her business won Best Looking Shop at the Uckfield Business Awards.
Now she’s making the most of the extra space in her new shop to display more goods and make it easier for people to move around.