In case you might have missed a few things recently, we have closed our East Preston village shop and have moved our balloon business to Goring-by-Sea.
What does this mean? For anything except balloons, unfortunately, we have ceased trading for those things like copying, photography services, gifts, food and greetings cards. We do however have a spinner of assorted greetings cards inside Buds ‘N Blooms florist in East Preston should you need any cards.
For Balloons, the only thing that has changed is the ability to come into our shop to order your balloons. We are still operating on a telephone and internet order basis. Orders can be delivered to our general area for a small fee or collected for free from our location in Goring-by-Sea and for a small fee to Buds ‘N Blooms florist in East Preston for collection if it’s more convenient for you.
Why have we made these changes? Unfortunately it’s several reasons. First, family comes first and due to Richard’s mother passing and having to take care of his father full time, our time is limited quite a bit by this. Also, The economic downturn has affected our sales on the premium products that we carried and we were seeing strong losses in sales, making operating in a retail shop very difficult. Also, our landlord was wanting to raise our rents by 45% at our next rent review, so leaving the shop, while a very bittersweet pill to swallow, was necessary for our future.
We do wish to thank everyone that has come into our shop over the past 6 years. We are grateful to all of you.