Rowcroft celebrates opening of new Dartmouth Boutique

20 June 2017

Rowcroft’s new boutique shop in Lower Street, Dartmouth, is now open.

The hospice’s retail team celebrated the opening with an exclusive preview evening for local business people on Thursday 15 June before officially opening its doors on Friday.

Amy Nichols, Manager of the new boutique, said she is delighted with the local community’s response to the new shop: “Our first weekend of being open has been amazing, we’ve been very busy and have taken more than £3,500.

“We’ve had some lovely feedback; particularly on the high quality of the items and how nice the shop looks. Our most popular items have been ladies wear and glass wear – we’ve sold some beautiful decanters and crystal glasses.”

The new boutique stocks a selection of pre-loved men’s and ladies’ clothing as well as handbags, shoes and other accessories alongside a small collection of bric-a-brac.

Owner of Café Alf Resco, Kate Ryder, who attended the boutique’s preview evening last Thursday, said: “The shop is a fantastic use of a commercial premises and looks like a high street shop.

“I am very happy and proud to be a neighbour of the shop because everything is sourced locally and gives back to the Dartmouth community. Rowcroft is a great charity with super staff!”

Charlotte Savege, Business Development Executive at Kudos Software, added: “The shop is airy, light and inviting. It doesn't look like a charity shop and is very professional…I have my eyes on those shoes!”

The new shop marks the first time Rowcroft has had a retail presence in Dartmouth since 2007.

Rowcroft’s Head of Retail, Caroline Wannell, said she is delighted to be making a return to the town: “Though Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit is based in Torquay our services are provided in people’s homes and care homes across South Devon, including in Dartmouth and its surrounding villages.

“We hope that by having a presence in the town we will help to raise awareness of the vital services we provide in the area and also help to generate additional income to secure the support we provide for more than 2,000 local people and their families in South Devon every year.”

With the addition of its new Dartmouth premises, Rowcroft now has 16 shops across South Devon, including three Furniture Outlets in Paignton, Torquay and Newton Abbot, a tea room in Churston and coffee shop in Ashburton.

To find out more, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/shops.

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