Called ‘The Emporium’, it is the product of an idea by two creative minds, Claire Queen-Shaw and Natalie Faunch.
Natalie works self-employed, owns Ethereal Fragrances, and Claire is the owner of the Queen of Paws Dog salon where the emporium will take place – Denton Holme, Atlas Works in Carlisle.
Natalie and Claire explain that the idea to start this business came from an initial need for more space.
Natalie needs space to build her workshop, and Claire needs extra space for her dog grooming business.
Like-minded people had the idea to create a creative center that anyone could use.
The hub, he said, can be used for a variety of things, such as meetings for clubs and societies, workshops, live music, art exhibitions, pop-up shops, and anything in between.
Natalie added: “We want to work with other manufacturers to provide them with affordable long-term space because many of these people work on their own.”
Claire put forward what space she wanted to use.
She said she wants to do a ‘breed meetup’, where owners of a particular dog breed get together and get to know each other, as well as ask their own questions.
Claire said: “It’s a creative business hub where people feel comfortable with themselves.
“It’s good because everyone we mentioned is back with their own little ideas.”
Fees vary depending on usage, he said, but he added: “We’re going to build this, so there are different price ranges.
“At the moment we’re still assembling furniture, so we don’t have a set up yet, but we wanted to be economical from the start.”
An unclear date of autumn has been set for when they envision it opening to the public, but in September or October.
It’s hard to say when everything will be ready as it’s still early days, but the wheels are in motion for what Natalie describes as Denton Holme’s Aflex Palace, but not just as we can describe its next creative business hub. can.
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