Shops keep towns alive

Teresina and Mariangela Vettori  , who have just opened their new vintage cloothes shop Moda Retro in Wirksworth.
Teresina and Mariangela Vettori , who have just opened their new vintage cloothes shop Moda Retro in Wirksworth.

The high street has been boosted by the opening of some new shops in both Matlock and Wirksworth.

The Mercury is running an on-going campaign to support shopkeepers in a bid to keep our town centre’s vibrant.

Steve Murphy of new gift shop "Little Gem" with just some of the items he has for sale in Crown Square, Matlock.

Steve Murphy of new gift shop "Little Gem" with just some of the items he has for sale in Crown Square, Matlock.

Closed stores are the blight of our high streets but here in the Dales we could be bucking the trend as fresh traders move in.

Last week Mariangela Evans opened a vintage shop Moda Retro, in St John’s Street in Wirksworth.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been thinking of having my own shop for some time.”

The business will feature vintage clothing, gifts and accessories, dressmaking and alterations. Mariangela’s 81-year-old mother Teresina will also be working in the shop.

According to census records in 1871 the shop was also home to a dress maker, so Mrs Evans, who worked in the fashion industry for several years, is hoping to continue a long lost tradition in the town.

Matlock has also seen new businesses moving in with antiques dealer Magpie, in Dale Road and gift shop Little Gem, in Crown Square, which offers a range of goods including handmade cards, jewellery, luxury chocolates and products made by Derbyshire Autism Services Group, with all profits going to the charity.

Steven Murphy, who will be running the shop with his aunty Wendy Spencer, said: “I think Matlock is on the way up as quite a few new shops have opened such as Grace Boutique, Bow and Magpie.”