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Home Furnishings Retailer Committed to Bargoed Home furnishing retailer Chisholm’s are still committed to Bargoed over 60 years after they first opened a shop in the town. In 1952, Ivy Chisholm started a small business selling babywear in Bargoed. Over the years the business developed into selling toys & bicycles before moving into furniture in the early 1970s. The location has changed too, the original shop was situated in Lower High Street (opposite the Cosy Corner Café) before relocating to Hanbury Road and then finally to its present shop in the former Lucania Snooker Hall in what is now known locally as ‘Chisholms Lane‘ next to Barclays Bank. Today, the store is owned by the next generation of the family. Anne Chisholm-Jones and Andrew Tugwell with Andrew’s dad Ray (Ivy’s brother) helping out too. Andrew said: We are still very much a family business delivering throughout the Rhymney Valley. I like to think we go the extra mile to look after our customers
Award Winning Florist Picks Caerphilly An award winning florist with over 18 years experience has decided its time to run her own business in Caerphilly town centre. Nicola Downie runs The Caerphilly Florist, which is an independent florist specialising in weddings and funerals. The shop is located on Cardiff Road and overlooks Caerphilly Castle. Nicola said: At The Caerphilly Florist our aim is always to provide beautiful flowers for special people. It really helps that I know many of my customers and so far things are going really well
Local Charity Restores Hope Pre-Loved Furniture is a registered charity which works to improve the lives of those in need. Their shop, which is located on High Street in Blackwood town centre, sells a range of furniture that has been repaired & restored. As well as selling furniture, the charities shop also offers afternoon tea at a reasonable cost and encourages people to purchase tea for someone who may be unable to treat themselves. As a charity, Pre-Loved Furniture are working to provide help for local people who need to develop a CV, or simply gain some confidence. Founder Susan Glendinning said: Our aim at Pre-Loved Furniture is to bring hope to those who may have lost it. I would really encourage people to call in support for us whenever they are in Blackwood. Pre-Loved Furniture are always looking for donations of furniture to find out more please contact the shop: Telephone 01495 230656.
Bargoed Welcomes Another New Business – N-Style’z Bargoed town centre recently welcomed a new Turkish barber onto the high street. N-Style’z has opened next to Peacocks on High Street and offers customers the full Turkish barber experience. In addition to offering haircuts in all the modern styles, owner Nazim Yalcinkaya uses the traditional open razor and hot towel to make sure his customers get a really close shave. N-Style’z also offer beard styling and eyebrow trimming. Nazim said: After working at a barbers in Newport I really wanted to start my own shop. I looked at lots of towns in Gwent and decided on Bargoed. I liked the town and this shop on the high street was in a great location
The Business that Dresses for Success Husband and wife team Jonathan and Rachel Hooper have built Dunbar Costumes in Caerphilly town centre into a thriving business, but it all started from an idea they had to sell fancy dress costumes online. Dunbar Costumes opened its first shop in Bartlett Street in 2007 and within a few years the specialist fancy dress and party supplier found it needed more floor space. In 2013, the business relocated to a larger premises in Pentrebane Street. Jonathan said: It is tough running your own business but we have worked hard and not been afraid to change and look at new opportunities. Our staff offer an amazing customer service and I think that’s a big part of our success.
Costa Coffee Chooses Blackwood High Street Costa Coffee has opened a new shop in Blackwood town centre in what was formally the Coed Duon Public House located next to New Look on High Street. The national coffee chain, operated by a Welsh franchisee, has spent the last few months making extensive renovations to the building in order to create its signature fit out which can seat in excess of 50 customers. In opening its new Blackwood shop Costa Coffee has created 11 jobs for local people. Manager Siobhan Clifton said: We are delighted to open in Blackwood and have had a great welcome from customers. Our aim is to bring something different to the town and work alongside existing businesses.
Cobbler Helps Shoppers Keep in Step The high street may have changed, but in Bargoed the traditional cobbler is still going strong. Thirty four years ago Steve Knight set up his own business The Shoe Clinic on Cardiff Road in Bargoed town centre. Over the years he has seen many changes, but The Shoe Clinic remains a traditional cobbler’s carrying out all types of boot and shoe repairs including specialist building up for orthopaedic footwear. It also offers a key cutting service and engraves pet tags. Steve said: Things have changed a lot but I find that people still want to save money and repairing shoes is always much cheaper than buying a new pair. People are amazed at what I can do to repair shoes they thought they would have to throw away.
Return of the Traditional Sweet Shop Chinkles is a sweet & gift shop located in The Market Place Shopping Centre in Blackwood. The shop is the second to be opened locally by owner Samantha Tomsett, the other is in Aberbargoed. Her aim is to create a unique experience for her customers including by: focusing on customer experience arranging rows of sweets in jars behind the counter displaying a mini Ferris Wheel laden with sweets in the window the Ferris Wheel stocked full of sweets is also available to hire for children’s parties. She said: Our aim is simply to make people happy! When someone chooses sweets or buys a balloon for an occasion it makes them smile. Having worked my whole life in retail I know how important it is that people enjoy coming into your shop
Family Business Powers Ahead A family run electrical retailer in Blackwood town centre goes from strength to strength. Blackwood Appliance is located in Emily’s Indoor Market which is located above Wilko’s on High Street. The business was started in 2011 by Mark Jones and not only sells a full range of brand new cookers, fridges and washing machines but also offers a repairs service. From small beginnings Blackwood Appliance has grown and Mark now works alongside wife Mandy and son Craig. The repairs side of the business stocks a full range of electrical spares ranging from cooker elements and vacuum cleaner bags to fluorescent tubes. Mark said: Its really important that we are a family run business who offer a great service. I have been selling electrical appliances for 31 years and so have gained a wealth of product knowledge which I use to help our customers.