A year ago this September, Rosa Newton opened ‘RELOVED BY ROSA’, a vintage and gift shop on Victoria Street, Old Cwmbran, Torfaen selling an eclectic range of vintage, preloved and upcycled furniture, ornaments, china, collectables and hand crafted items.
A year on and Rosa is delighted to announce that she is now expanding her offering and opening a further upstairs room at the premises.
Rosa said, “This additional room will be filled with vintage and shabby chic items - perfect for the customer seeking inspiration for that extra special vintage look in their own home. It’s all about offering even more choice to my customers.”
“It’s of course been a challenging year and I worked hard to keep the business running during the COVID-19 pandemic. I maximised the opportunities of online channels such as Marketplace and ebay and my website became my ‘virtual’ shop window. I even developed a weekly Wednesday ‘walk around’ video on my Facebook page during Lockdown which has become a regular feature that's enjoyed by my customers”
Rosa continued, “Since 23rd June, the ‘RELOVED BY ROSA’ shop has been open again. I take all the necessary measures to keep customers safe such as providing hand sanitiser, only allowing 2 -3 people in the shop at any one time and of course adhering to social distancing.”
“I’d also like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to all of my regular customers and for the generosity of the kind people who have donated items.”
In addition to the extra retail space Rosa is also now offering gift vouchers which can be of any value and don’t have an expiry date.
In terms of the future, Rosa is optimistic and looks forward to welcoming customers to her shop.
She concludes by saying “I've even been approached by organisers of the BBC programme Antiques Road Trip and hope to be included in one of their road trips in the near future, which would be fantastic.”
Councillor Joanne Gauden Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration at Torfaen Council said “Congratulations to Rosa on the first anniversary of her business and its expansion. Clearly she has lots of ideas and energy which are key to ensuring that a business like this can survive and indeed grow, especially during these unprecedented times.”
Gaynor Wakeling, Business Support Manager at Torfaen Economy & Enterprise said “I am delighted that Rosa has committed to keeping this lovely business going despite the challenges, and is continuing to provide customers with unique, bespoke and interesting items for their homes.”
Posted on: Wednesday 9th September 2020