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Amy's old shop finds a new keeper
8:30am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A SHOP left vacant when a popular Droitwich Spa woman retired after 45 years is set to open again.
When much-loved shopkeeper Amy Thawley decided to retire at the age of 94 it left her well-known store in Tagwell Road, Witton, vacant.
The popular pensioner had been selling ladies fashion, wool and haberdashery from the premises since 1967.
She opened the shop after working for her husband Gerald. She helped him run Maison Gerald hairdressers in High Street before he died. She had worked in the town centre since the age of 14 and is a well-known figure to residents and regular visitors.
She shut the doors of the shop, which was named Amy, following a farewell party with family, friends and customers on October 9 last year.
Now, exactly one year on, the site is set to be used once again.
Robin Cavanagh will today open a new hair salon and art gallery at the site. It is a move that could also breathe new life into the small area of shops based at the corner of Tagwell Road and Worcester Road.
This year is his 25th anniversary of opening up his first salon in Gurneys Lane. The 48-year-old became a member of the world federation of supreme hairdressers after gaining honours in his hairdressing exams and going on to train at L'Oreal and Wella in London.
Mr Cavanagh has also taught hairdressing to students in Worcester and had a successfull career in modelling, including Kays catalogue promotional magazine and being the face for Aramis aftershave in the late 80s.
He said: “I now have a very good hairdressing business with a fabulous clientelle. Most of them I have been looking after for more than 25 years and they are very loyal to me.
“I will also eventually open up the first floor of the shop to exhibit my artwork. I have been doing contemporary artwork for ten years and have supplied top restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and many homes. I have also given some of the proceeds from my sales of artwork to support many local charities.”
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