A NEW shop has opened its doors in Worcester.

The Phoenix Garden has officially opened in The Hopmarket as of October 11, offering new and previously-owned ceramics, glass and other arts and crafts.

It has been opened by Teresa Preston in Unit 17 of the courtyard space at the Hopmarket.

In addition to the physical space, the Phoenix Garden is also operating an online shop as well as selling on Ebay and Etsy.

Ms Preston said: “The Phoenix Garden is all about nurturing your wellbeing and enhancing your environment with beautiful objects and stunning examples of crafts, ceramics, framed motoes and previously loved items.”

Worcester News: SHOP: Theresa Preston at The Phoenix Garden

SHOP: Teresa Preston at The Phoenix Garden

The shop owner, who lives in Tewkesbury, started her career in retail, including managing an outlet for Royal Doulton, which she said fuelled her passion for fine china and crystal.

For the last 25 years, she has worked as a learning and development professional, designing and delivering skills and management training as well as assessing NVQs and apprenticeships for public and private sector organisations, including government departments and universities.

Bill Simpson, chairman of The Hopmarket Charitable Trust said: "We would like to welcome Teresa and The Phoenix Garden to The Hopmarket.

"Supporting independent businesses is more critical than ever. Teresa’s selection of arts and crafts look set to fit in very well with The Hopmarket’s offering.

"We wish her all the best in her new venture."

Ms Preston added: “I hope to build and establish my business in The Hopmarket and have a positive impact on footfall in this beautiful setting.

"I hope to expand into a second location within the next three years.

"This is such an exciting time for me as I have always wanted my own shop.

"COVID has encouraged me to seize the day and make it happen now."

The Hopmarket has been a place to do business since 1731 where dealers came to trade hops.

In the early 1900s the site was replaced with the current building to become a hotel and bank before being converted to a shopping courtyard.

For more information, visit www.thepheonixgarden.uk.