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New haberdashery and craft shop opens in Cotebrook

Bumble & Belle opens near Tarporley

Helen Coe, Sarah Mountford, Debbie Waterhouse and Sophie Marks celebrate the opening of their new business Bumble & Belle

Four women have joined forces to open a haberdashery and craft shop in Cotebrook near Tarporley despite having six children between them, a wedding to plan and a house to build.

Helen Coe, Sarah Harry, Debbie Waterhouse and Sophie Marks celebrated the opening of Bumble & Belle with more than 60 visitors from nearby.

The shop features a range of quirky fabrics, vintage prints, beautifully hand crafted gifts for children, babies and the home, and a rustic wedding range.

Helen Coe, 30, from Chester, said: “We have been so determined to make our mark and succeed as a small business, but life has thrown us a few challenges along the way.

"Sarah, Sophie and Debbie all have two young children each to look after, which keeps them busy. Meanwhile, Sarah and Sophie are also both currently pregnant, Debbie is building a house from scratch and I am working full time whilst planning my wedding. Needless to say there has been a lot of working into the night and logistical challenges to navigate to get the shop ready!”

Bumble & Belle was formed after two small businesses came together: Sarah and Helen's vintage craft and gift business, Tula Lula Belle and Sophie and Debbie's haberdashery business, Bumbleberry Fabrics.

Helen said “We would always bump into each other at craft fairs and courses and we just hit it off. We realised that if we combined our businesses and opened our first shop, covering both crafts and haberdashery, we could be a real success. So Bumble & Belle is the best of both of our businesses. It has been hard work and we know that with the shop opening it will only get harder, but it truly is a dream come true for us and we really hope people like our things.”

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