Online hit turns into a new shop

Katie Ball
Katie Ball
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A Rushden lady has taken her online entrepreneurial spirit one step further by turning her internet success into a shop, which will open in the town in just over a week.

Katie Ball, 27, began Katie’s Treasures in March “for a bit of fun”.

The business, which sold shabby chic items for the home on Facebook, proved such a success she is now opening a bricks and mortar shop.

Mrs Ball said: “I started off Katie’s Treasures for a bit of fun, selling shabby chic items for the home on Facebook.

“But I sold almost 80 per cent of my stock, so I have decided to set up the shop.”

Mrs Ball added that she can’t wait until the store on Newton Road, which will keep the name Katie’s Treasures, opens at 9am on Saturday, May 18.

She added: “I’m really excited, but I’m also nervous.

“I’ve had to choose stock that hopefully everyone will like and not just me.

“I’m hoping it will be a success and I think I will continue to sell my items on Facebook and deliver them.”

The businesswoman said she prides herself on supporting local businesses and sources local items wherever possible, with the sign for the new shop being made in Rushden and hand-made items, such as the hanging love-hearts, sourced from Stanwick.

The new shop will also house Mrs Ball’s other business, The Iron Lady which offers ironing, cleaning and domestic services, which was also previously run from Mrs Ball’s home.

Mrs Ball urged shoppers to visit the store opening where they will discover a friendly service and hopefully spot something nice for their home.