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Boutique bow supplier takes over Cleethorpes shop Lily & Me

A SUPPLIER to a Cleethorpes children's boutique has become its new owner.

Boutique bow supplier takes over Cleethorpes shop Lily & Me

Jackie Sherburn made bows and hair accessories at her resort home for Lily & Me to sell, after leaving a sales role with Butler Fuels when it closed its northern Lincolnshire operations.

Now she has the keys to the Sea View Street shop and is preparing spring and summer collections with popular brands Lelli Kelly, Mim-pi, Miranda and Little Darlings.

"When I first started making the bows I didn't think I must have a shop, but the opportunity came up," she said. "I love the street, everyone is so friendly, so it certainly feels like the place to be."

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Named after the previous owner's late mother, Lily & Me was opened just over two years ago by long-time Sea View Street trader Davinia Lacey, as an addition to the JK's business, which specialises in elegant gifts.

Mrs Sherburn has no intention of changing the name, but is incorporating her logo from her accessory business – featuring her young daughters Izzy and Lucia – which she launched 18 months ago.

Having only started supplying Lily & Me in October, she told how she became involved.

"A friend had mentioned my bows to Davinia and when she saw them she said she would take them on. Then I found out she was thinking about selling, and I talked it through with my husband, Mike. Now here we are!

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"It is an established shop, it has quite a following, so we won't be changing too much. But once I've settled in and created more display area I am going to look at a few other brands as well."

And she'll be drawing inspiration from what her daughters like, and what fellow parents are looking for.

"A lot of people have said the girls are the right age for me to tap into that, and hopefully a lot of their friends will drag their parents in as well. They can be my little walking, talking adverts!"

Mrs Lacey wished the new owner all the best in the venture.

She said: "It is a cracking little business and I didn't let it go because it was not making money, it was because it was too much pressure on me. It means I can step down a little and work part-time now, while keeping JK's going with my daughter Kiera."

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