Romsey site sought for new enterprise

Once ‘hidden’ local artisans can soon showcase their wares with the emergence of a new social enterprise in Romsey.
The local Neighbourhood House is seeking a shopfront to help people sell and promote handcrafted goods as well as support a range of community initiatives including tearooms, a fix-it shop and community garden.
Romsey Neighbourhood House coordinator Michelle Balthazar said the shop was expected to be up and running next year with the hunt on for a suitable space to host the venture.
“We’ve had a lot of interest and we are looking at securing a shopfront,” she said.
“We’ve seen the need for this in the community for people to generate additional income.”
The idea emerged from the Neighbourhood House craft group with members moving to sell their products.
“We’re putting the call out to any creative and talented individuals in the community whose industry might be hidden,” Ms Balthazar said.
Malmsbury metal sculptural artist Danielle Stanton is one such artisan.
Raising two children as a single mum, Danielle has used her skill to create an additional income and is encouraging other creative people to consider this avenue.
“We hope this kind of platform will encourage people to get out there and share their work,” she said.
It is thought the facilities could support courses such as furniture-making following the success of the ongoing women’s welding and metal workshops.
Romsey Neighbourhood House would like to hear from anyone with creative ideas for the shopfront.

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