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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Time for change in Maryport

It's all change for Maryport businesses as traders move into the town and others expand their premises.

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Curzon Street is now full of traders for the first time in at least a year.

Party and fancy dress shop Party Nites closed in December when owner Gail Howard decided to change to an online business.

She said: “We were going to take a unit to store our stock but then this much larger shop came up just two doors down from where we were. The rent was reasonable and we are here.”

Now called How Bazaar, it will sell the same range of adult and children fancy dress and novelties, plus army surplus stock and equipment for army cadets.

It will be a stockist of memorabilia and a drop-off centre for the Support Our Soldiers charity, co-ordinated by Maryport man Ryan Winthrop.

Next door to How Bazaar is Inkstop, where Eric Skillen will fill ink cartridges, mend PCs, transfer videos onto DVDs and more.

Mr Skillen operated out of a shop in Senhouse Street until 18 months ago when he decided to expand and move to Clay Flatts in Workington.

He is now back in Maryport because he said the town’s customers were more loyal and rents were more reasonable.

The next shop up on Curzon Street is empty but will be occupied from Monday, March 12, when it reopens as Elegant Touch.

Beautician Lindsay Thwaite said she was moving from Crosby Street, after five years, to expand.

Her move will lead to the creation of one full-time job for a beautician and she also employs a part-time nail technician.

Jazz Hair Salon has moved from Wood Street to Crosby Street. It will open on Monday and boss Lisa Agnew said the new salon was bigger.

Meanwhile, unemployed Aspatria man Harry Hampshire has opened a new and second-hand furniture shop in what was the former Empire Cafe and later Nicholson Butcher’s sandwich shop.

Mr Hampshire, 59, said he had been unemployed for many years and this was a new opportunity for him.

The former Times & Star office in Senhouse Street is to get a facelift and will be converted into a flat and shop.

Graham Martin Joinery, of Frizington, has bought the building.

The Times & Star office now runs out of the Her Citi cafe in Crosby Street.

But the future of the Senhouse Street games shop, Game Convertors, is in doubt.

The shop windows and door have been covered over for a couple of weeks and the shop has been open only on Saturdays when games and products have been offered at cut price.

Owner Brian Trengove, of Cockermouth, said its future had not been decided.

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