Boutique shop has a taste for textiles

A former sales manager of a national textile company has branched out on her own and opened a new home textile and gift store in Helston.

Louise Frances has followed her dream of opening her own shop and named it Abi & Boo, after her daughter and step-daughter. The entrepreneur has long had a fascination for fabrics and built up her knowledge of the industry while managing sales for a national brand.

The boutique store in Meneage Street bursts with bright colours, textures and gifts sourced from the local area and around the globe.

Louise said: “We mainly sell high quality fabrics from brands such as Clarke and Clarke and Cabbages and Roses, alongside a selection of beautiful cushions, blankets and tableware to bring individual style and colour to any home. For the individual, we offer competitively priced silver jewellery, unique brooches, hat pins and clothing, and an exclusive range of Noble Isle Bath and Body products that are stocked by top-end retailers such as Liberty of London and Harrods.”

As well as offering textiles, fabrics and gifts, the shop is a treasure trove of ideas for the home, such as tableware from Sweden and porcelain from South Africa. Handmade cards from local artists are also available, plus a wide range of colourful gypsy tights.

Louise follows in the footsteps her grandfather and great-grandfather who were both in the haberdashery business. Her husband, Geoff, also produces a range of wooden pyrography wall art for sale inside the shop. The technique which involves burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point.

“We hope the shop offers some ideas on how to turn your home into your perfect sanctuary and gives one more reason for people to shop in the town rather than needing to travel or buy online,” said Louise. “We’ve taken a big risk but hopefully there is something for everyone and every pocket and people will drop in and take a look.”

For more information, visit the Abi and Boo Facebook page.

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