It's a team effort running a store like the Stationery & Gift Boutique, and our wonderful team includes...
By trade, Clare is an independent artist and founder of Original Art by Clare. You’ll generally see Clare in the shop every Monday whilst I tackle the admin and orders. In her free time Clare will be found visiting car shows, travelling around Cornwall in her vintage camper van, drinking copious amounts of tea (milk two sugars!) and is mum to a couple of cute bunnies. She hopes to be able to explore Hogwarts one day.
Katie has just embarked on the big wide world of design, having passed her A levels with flying colours. She dreams of working in the costume department in a West End theatre, but until that break happens, we’re very happy to use her skills, helping us to create eye catching window displays and help with our marketing. Katie loves the friendly Ampthill locals but it seems the Caribbean holds the key to her heart, with the small island of Guadeloupe being a particular favourite spot. Katie shares my passion for stationery and was a finalist In The Retas Awards for Retail Employee of The Year 2015, held at the Savoy - we were very proud of her achievement!
Lydia looks after all our admin for us, covering both The Stationery Boutique and Home & Gift Store. Without her, we would be lost! She ensures our suppliers are paid on time, organises our rotas, sorts out the payroll, gets through my endless lists of tasks and generally helps the business flow. In her spare time, apart from entertaining her gorgeous kiddies, Lydia’s an extraordinary baker, sadly we don’t get as many left overs as we would like. Lydia likes to keep busy, so there’s not much free time in her schedule, but when there is, she’ll be out partying like an 18 year old!
Affectionately known as Sunday Sue, as that's when you’re most likely to find her in the shop. Technically Sue’s retired but she’s one of the busiest people we know. When Sue does manage to find some spare time she enjoys holidaying in France & Italy, gardening, pub quizzes, shopping and looking after her grand children. Sue would most like to visit Rwanda to see the mountain gorrillas, but would equally enjoy a good glass of red whilst watching Mama Mia.
Milly spent 2 weeks with us in July 2014 as part of her work experience but we liked her so much, we made it a more permanent arrangement. You’ll generally find Milly working in the shop on a Saturday, a super-speedy wrapper and a dazzling smile. When she’s not working with us, Milly’s enjoying an apprenticeship at Mercedes Benz and plays an active part in the local Young Farmer’s group. Her favourite range in the store is the Joma Jewellery as she owns most of it and would most like to wear it on a holiday on the stunning island of Bora Bora.