Cathy Frost launched her shop Loveone in St. Peter’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, about 6 years ago now – and has done amazingly well to raise the profile of the street and her shop in this current climate. Thanks to Cathy, we now have a fantastic street of local shops which links up with the new Waterfront development. Twice a year the Street is closed off and there is a market which has local crafts, vintage, food and entertainment. It is very well supported and people enjoy coming down to see what there is to offer.
Cathy is a very dynamic person – always ready to listen and have a chat – she joined the Eastern Enterprise Hub. They set up about 2 years ago a branch called the Enterprise Superstars, which is made of up all local business people from all different businesses – their aim is to encourage support for people wanting to start up their own venture. So they are ambassadors going out into the community, lecturing in schools, colleges, prison, inspiring and sharing their stories of how they started.
In Cathy’s shop Loveone – she has also inspired other dynamic people by letting them set up their own ‘pop’ up shop within – one lady was doing craft courses which was very popular – and another success has been Jenny Wren’s Yarns. They rented a space from Cathy for a year and have now taken on their own shop which is based over the road! And she still has Betty Blue Hat which sells everything vintage and quirky.
There is also a link to the centre of the town – with Gallery 1 based in the Town Hall – a beautiful space with an amazing atrium above and Cathy organises the exhibitions of all local artists – young and old – who want to exhibit.
In the last 6 years Cathy has been a very busy lady and still is – running the shop and keeping everything fresh and interesting, and trying to help develop the town into a destination that is worth coming to.
The Queen of Ipswich’s High Street was nominated by Nicola Pawsey