Welcome to the new home of Paper Turtle.
In 2021 I made the decision to close my Lewes shop. After more than 15 years on the High Street, it was a tough decision to leave the community I had made.
However, I am very happy to be able to offer a little bit of Paper Turtle here - in my little Web shop. Here is a copy of my trading statement at the time, for my shop at 207 High Street, Lewes.
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"Sadly, after over 15 years of trading from my little shop, I have made the decision not to re-open when this current Lockdown ends.
I have absolutely loved running my little business in Lewes. I am honoured that you have embraced my style and kept me busy to the end, despite my recent reduced hours.
Running a small business is totally consuming and sometimes in life 'something has to give', so you can live and breathe again. My family and home life has been busy the past few years and I have also had to overcome a few health issues. I think it is important to say I am not leaving due to the Pandemic.....although it has certainly made the decision easier.
I am sad I will not have the opportunity to say goodbye to a great many people who have become friends over the years. I was very much hoping there would be time to re-open for a short while and say farewell in person.
So for now you will find me online as I continue to do what I love - choosing fun, quirky, original, greeting cards for you to buy. So if you have loved my selection, please do check out my online shop. I am excited to be free to source an even broader range of designs. I have plans and I have dreams, but I will see how things 'pan out' in the short term.
So for the time being, I wave goodbye to Lewes and say a huge “Thank You” for all your support over the past 15 years.
To all my lovely Customers and fellow Shop Keepers – I wish you all the very best and know you will continue to keep Lewes special".