Business-savvy mum bucking retail trend by opening new, bigger Teesside store

Kayleigh Simpson who is moving her gift shop, TreasureKinS to bigger premises
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A Teesside mum is bucking the trend and moving her business to bigger premises.

While numerous shops have been closing across Teesside due the current economic crisis - Kayleigh Simpson's gift shop is moving to a bigger outlet. Kayleigh opened TreasureKinS in July 2021 and now - just three years later - she is moving to larger premises in Boosbeck's High Street.

The mum-of-three overcame health issues to open her original shop and with the support of her family and community the company has grown and providing new ranges.

Although it has been a lot of hard work Kayleigh, 37, said she is excited for the move and is planning a celebratory open day at the shop - which is now at number 28 High Street - on Saturday, June 22.

The new TreasureKinS will be based in what was a former convenience shop and Kayleigh, with the help of her partner and the rest of the family, has "stripped it out and remodelled it."

Kayleigh and her partner Chris outside the original shop
Kayleigh and her partner Chris outside the original shop -Credit:UGC

Kayleigh said: "It has been a bit of a struggle, because obviously people have had hard times financially, but we just decided to go for it." She said she loves that the shop has become part of the community and she has supported and number of the village's charity events.

Kayleigh said: "A lot of people might just pop in to say hello and not particularly buy something, and that is great by us. We have always said our doors are open to anybody who just wants to pop in for a chat."

Kayleigh founded TreasureKinS after having success selling her handmade wax melts and personalised gifts online and since then the shop has grown to offer other services including T-shirt printing. By keeping going with the business, Kayleigh, who was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) 12 years ago, wants to show her children that you can achieve your dreams when you work hard.

Kayleigh said when she first opened the business there was a comment from someone on social media which said 'I will give it six months' and she is more than happy to have proven the doubters wrong.

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