STAFF at a craft shop in Crewe had a lucky escape when a car crashed into the front window.
The incident happened on Monday morning just after they had opened Macouti in Victoria Street.
Employees were shocked as they saw the vehicle, which had been parked on the pavement outside, roll back, smashing the glass display window and veering into furniture on display.
Store owner Melissa Hall was at home when she got a frantic call about the accident from one of her store assistants.
She said: 'Monday was my day off and I was in the shower when the phone rang. I drove over as soon as I could. My staff heard a big bang and the furniture and ornaments that had been in the window were pushed over.
'They weren't working in the window but they said an elderly woman had been looking at the window display and the car rolled past her brushing her skirt. It was very close.'
The shop closed for the day whilst staff cleaned up the broken glass and the window was boarded up. It opened for some trading yesterday and is expected to return to normal today even through the window will not be replaced until tomorrow.
Macouti opened in Crewe in August 1996 and sells hand made products such as silver jewellery, giftware, candles and solid wood furniture from places including Indonesia and Thailand.
Miss Hall, who also has a branch in Northwich, says the replacement glass could cost as much as £2,000 and it is not yet known how much she will lose in lost revenue and damage to stock.
She added: 'We are all very shocked and it has created a lot of work to put things right.'