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Boost for Edwardian shops as two new stores open

Bournville’s historic Edwardian shops have been given a welcome boost with the opening of two new stores, creating up to five jobs.

Both a clothes store and beauticians have opened in Bournville where the timber-framed shops date all the way back to the early 1900s.

Bournville Boutique, opposite Bournville Village Green, will be run by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and sell high-quality vintage and second hand clothes.

The Boutique has created two jobs and will create a number of volunteering opportunities.

On Mary Vale Road, beauticians Red Beauty, which will offer treatments including facials and massages, has also opened with plans to create up to three jobs.

The beauticians will be managed by Bournville-based sisters Aimee and Holly Boyce.

Bournville Village Trust, which manage the shops, hope the new stores will attract more visitors to the village, which was created by chocolate-maker George Cadbury.

Carol Priest, Director of Estates at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Ever since they were built in the early 1900s, the shops in Bournville have been a very important part of the village.

“As a Trust, we try to ensure that there is a good selection of shops that offer a range of facilities and services to residents and the general public.

“We’re happy to see that alongside the traditional shops like the butchers and bakers, which have been serving Bournville for over 100 years, that new stores are opening and creating jobs.”

Pam Dean, Area Retail Manager of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “We’re very excited about the new Bournville Boutique.

“As a concept this upmarket store is very different to other charity shops, which is why we’re keen to keep standards high and maintain the feel and look of a small independent boutique.

“Those who live in or are visiting the area and are looking for quality items at a good price, should make the Bournville Boutique a shopping destination.”

Aimee Boyce, Manager of Red Beauty, said: “Having lived in Bournville for over 15 years, we feel privileged to be able to open a beauty salon in the area.

“Our mom owns the hairdressing salon Stevensons Hair Salon just a few doors up from us, so we feel the community spirit of Bournville is thriving.

“At Red Beauty, we take a woman’s prerogative to look and feel beautiful to a stunning level by offering high end, on trend beauty treatments in an elegant, contemporary salon.”

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