A VINTAGE tea room and sewing craft shop is expanding on its success with the launch of an in-store florists.
The new addition to Betty's Sewing Box, in Cokayne Avenue, will open its doors on Monday, September 1, offering freshly cut flowers as well as florists' supplies such as oasis, wire, tape and ribbons.
Linda Torr, from Manor Road, has been designing floral arrangements for special occasions for more than a year and said she was looking forward to having her own shop after working from home for so long.
She said: "I've wanted to do this for a long time and I'm really excited to be offered this beautiful space in Betty's."
The shop will be situated in the glass fronted foyer and Linda believes that it's the perfect location for her.
The 55-year-old said: "When people are ordering special occasion flowers, whether it's for a big fancy wedding, dinner party or funeral, they want to be able to talk about their ideas and get advice and help.
"So I will definitely be making use of the vintage tea-rooms. It will be lovely to sit down with customers and have a long chat with them about what they want.
"Lots of clients have told me how important it is for them to be able to discuss their ideas in detail, not just be given a price list and photos of standard arrangements."
Linda has been doing the flower arrangements at Osmaston church for many years, and through this she met her wholesale florist, Pride Flowers in Ascot Drive, Derby.
She said: "Steve, the owner, has been so helpful, and he has beautifully fresh flowers.
"The really great thing is that he can order special blooms for me, so if a client is after something very specific he will do his best to get it."
Linda will be also offering flower arranging classes at the shop and has two weekly classes planned which will start towards the end of September.
She said: "Everyone will be welcome, whether or not they have any previous experience. We will hold them every Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon."
Jackie Howard, proprietor of Betty's Sewing Box, said she was delighted that Linda was joining them.
She said: "Linda has been popping in since day one and has taken a huge interest in our development.
"She has always done the front desk flowers for us ever since we opened and lots of our customers have taken away her business card and used her for their special occasions, so it's great that now they will be able to talk with her personally here in the shop."
Betty's Sewing Box and Vintage Tearooms opened in April this year in the former town library building, which was once part of a stunning Georgian-style, 18th Century hall.
The former hall is now home to a sewing and haberdashery section, with a range of recycled and vintage fabrics and both modern and antique sewing machines, a large gift shop full of locally made crafts, and a big tea room with a selection of homemade cakes and buns.