Every week, we will be taking a quick look at an independent business in Bridgwater, and we ask that you do to.
We all need to support our independent shops, being run by local people, or we risk losing them.
This week, we are looking at Kemps of Bridgwater, which can be found in Fore Street. Where is that, you may ask yourself. There is a simple way to explain where it is – it is the shop where you can see Bee, the dog, in the the window, keeping an eye on things going on outside.
Michelle Heal has been working in the shop for 13 years, and has been the owner for 5 of those years. Having been very ill for some time before the previous owner, Christine Hay, had decided to retire, she was worried that a new owner would not keep her on in the shop.
After a discussion with her husband, they decided that the best way to ensure that the shop kept its character, and that she would remain working there, they decided that they would take on the business.
While it may appear to be a small shop when you enter, the welcome is big and you receive the personal attention that is lacking in many of the franchises and larger jewellers. Not only will Michelle welcome you, but Bee will say hello too.
In the shop, she sells everything that you would expect from a jeweller, though not watches, and when she does sell items, she likes to buy just one of everything, so that you have a unique item in the town.
There are also many locally sourced items available in the shop, so you will be supporting them by visiting the shop, rather than relying on cheaply made items from websites such as Amazon.