A family-run gifts and décor shop in Birchington which opened amid the pandemic will shut its doors this month, although the business will continue to trade online.
Pixie’s shop was opened by Gemma Baker and husband Elliot in December 2020. The couple had picked up the keys the previous month but the country was then hit with a national covid lockdown.
In December 2020 they managed to open for trade during Tier 3 restrictions but national lockdown came again just before Christmas.
Despite the challenges the Station Road shop managed to survive and was a welcome addition to Birchington.
The family effort had Gem at the forefront with Elliot helping when he was not working at next door Court’s Pharmacy and children Ashlee, Kaylan and twins, Jasmine and Calvin all pitching in.
Pixie’s is a haven of unique hand-crafted creations and personalisation on everything from sweet cones to T shirts to doormats and wedding accessories and more. They also use vinyl printing (hot and cold), photo printing, and a laser for engraving.
Gem, who also works as a PA, is the crafting force behind the business and says it will continue to trade online but a combination of rising bills and personal circumstances means the physical shop sadly has to close.
She said: “There are too many overheads and bills and we have an older family member who is not well.
“It’s all happened rather quickly, and it was not an easy decision to make, but it is the best one for our family at this time.
“We will still be running the business from home, so we’re still on Facebook, email, phone and website.
“We’re hoping to have a collection point in the village for orders and we’ll be doing deliveries locally, and of course posting orders further afield as we have been doing anyway.
“We would like to thank each and every one of our lovely customers and wonderful people who relentlessly recommend us, for helping our business grow over the last two years, we couldn’t have done with without them.”
Pixies is now holding a closing down sale which will run until the last day of trading from the shop.
- Wednesday 14th- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Thursday 15th- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Friday 16th- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Saturday 17th- 12.30-4pm
- Tuesday 20th- 9.30am-2.50pm (last day for orders)
- Wednesday 21st- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Thursday 22nd- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Friday 23rd- 9.30am-2.50pm
- Saturday 24th- 9am-12noon
Pixies will trade online.