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Business is booming for new upcycling shop in Lichfield

A new upcycling shop has launched in Lichfield – and already has an eight-week waiting list for workshops.

The new Emily Charlotte Furniture Renovations and Ceramics store

The new Emily Charlotte Furniture Renovations and Ceramics store

Emily Charlotte Furniture Renovations and Ceramics has moved to Main Street in Shenstone and saw more than 150 people visit on the first day alone.

The three year old business was founded by Emily Clark and was previously based in Tamworth before the move.

The 26-year-old said: “We were hoping for a busy day, but it exceeded all of our expectations with more sales in one day than we have ever had before.

“We have also been inundated with requests for our workshop sessions, so we will be looking to add more classes as soon as possible.

“We needed a bigger store than the one we had in Tamworth to cope with increasing demand and to enable us to extend our services and Shenstone seemed like the perfect location, but I think we underestimated just how creative the people in the area are.

“We’re looking forward to helping people brush up on their upcycling and renovation skills.”

The workshops teach different skills including furniture painting, upholstery, fused glass and ceramic painting.

A free demonstration evening will also take place on April 8, featuring industry experts showcasing their work and sharing tips. The session takes place from 6pm.

Emily began her business aged 22 while studying for an art and design degree from the University of Birmingham. She has since gone on to work with TV furniture designer Nessa Doran O’Reilly.

“Looking back, I guess it was hard work studying while running a business full-time,” she said. “But I never really thought about it at the time

“I think doing something you love is half the battle. Art and design was the only subject I was ever interested in at school and I was always crafting at home. I painted my first piece of furniture at the age of 10 and my grandparents have a whole dining set of ceramics that myself and my sister painted as children.”

For more details visit the company’s Facebook page.

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