‘Shabby chic’ comes to Padiham high street

NEW BUSINESS: Kate Bleasdale and John Conlan are opened their furniture store Conlan's Restorations this weekend.
NEW BUSINESS: Kate Bleasdale and John Conlan are opened their furniture store Conlan's Restorations this weekend.

A new family business is set to bring a touch of “shabby chic” to Padiham’s high street as part of a renaissance of the town’s shopping street.

Kate Bleasdale produced vintage furniture and restored old pieces to their former glory as a hobby. But now the mum-of-one will realise her dream and open a shop selling hand-crafted furniture in Padiham town centre tomorrow.

She took advantage of an opportunity to open Conlan’s Restoration as part of Padiham’s on-going renaissance and rebranding of the town as a centre for creative businesses.

Kate said: “We heard they were looking to attract new creative businesses into Padiham.

“There is a grant scheme and a mentoring programme and we decided to give it a shot. We have always liked Padiham – the buildings have a lot of character and the shops are ‘olde worlde’ which we like.

“They are trying to make the centre more arty and quirky and something a bit different. So we thought we would try to support the high street in Padiham.”

Kate, of Blackburn Road, said: “It is a bit more interesting than a shop – people will be able to see the work we do in the workshop.

“We pick up old pieces of furniture from auctions and give them a new lease of life.

“ It is all about recycling. We want to encourage people not to throw away their old furniture and get them restored.

“People have not always got a lot of money to go out and buy new furniture but we can give their furniture a new look or repair it back to its original state.”