Heartbreak and determination are the driving forces behind a new homewares shop which has opened in Lynn’s London Road.
Mother Butterfly at 122 London Road is the realisation of a long-held dream of proprietor Sarah Parry, of Terrington St Clement, who has named the shop as a tribute to her mum, Sue, who died of cancer in October. She was an avid fan of butterflies.
Initially Sarah, a mum of four, had plans to run a shop alongside her mum and together they held successful home parties as well as exhibiting at craft fairs.
Said Sarah: “It was lovely doing this together and it felt like we could turn it into an income for both of us. When the shop came along in London Road, I grabbed it with both hands. Shortly after getting the keys, we found out my mum had bone and liver cancer in March 2013. It was devastating.”
Everything was put on hold even though Sarah had already bought some of the stock. “In May 2013 I decided to launch an open day sale of the stock in my home and called it a ‘Mother’s Love’ party because I wanted to show my mum what we had been planning and I wanted her to be around to see it.
“We also asked Macmillan to get involved as my mum and dad were so impressed and thankful for the treatment and support she received from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.” Donations on the day raised more than £300 for the charity.
Sadly Sue died in October and Sarah found it difficult to forge ahead with the shop, but she knew it had been her mother’s wish for her to fulfil her ambition.
“This shop was my dream for my mum and I. She was my best friend and I had wanted so much to spend this venture with her. It seemed only right to name the shop as a tribute to her, so Mother Butterfly was born.”
The shop opened in August but an official grand opening takes place tomorrow from 10am to 5pm. Again donations from the day will be made to Macmillan.
The shop is full of homewares and accessories, stocking cards, cushions, tea lights, furniture, frames, crockery, cakes stands and many other items besides. Sarah describes the style of goods as shabby chic, vintage and rustic.
The opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. She is also planning to introduce private group shopping evenings in the run-up to Christmas. For further inquiries, call Sarah on 01553 774040.