We are pleased to reach our first birthday, we know it is early days but we are delighted to be completing our first year operations very close to our original business plan. In fact we are performing slightly better than hoped, it has been a momentous few months and things are finally starting to settle down here.
The shop opened in September and although we have had no capital to invest in it, the venture has been successful thus far, attracting 40 different artists and crafters and with much more potential to explore. The studio room above the shop remains under-used as it needs to be insulated and uncluttered but our next aim is to develop the space as a gallery and teaching area as well as expanding space for cafe visitors. We have held our first courses and craft events here and are currnetly planning for a full PDC here in Llanrhaeadr in Spetember. We have also established a small front garden, helped on the allotments and hopefully made lots of new links and friends across the communty here.
The hardest challenge sometimes is to keep the balance right between the private house and the busy shop space and we are learning about the limitations as we go forward. We are about to be joined by a new member and have agreed to take on a 9 month volunteer as well, so expect much more from us in the near future!