Stockist in the Spotlight

Cathy from Loveone is our stockist of the month. 

A true gem, you can find Loveone in the heart of The Saints area of Ipswich, steeped in history and home to an eclectic mix of independent shops and eateries. Cathy started her working life as an Environmental Health Officer in East London, retraining over 20 years ago as an Interior Designer. Her retail adventure on the high street started in 2007 when Loveone’s doors first opened.

Riding out the 2019 recession and recent pandemic, Cathy is a shop local ambassador, priding herself on supporting local artists and designers. Cathy also organises the ‘Saints Street Market’ which celebrates unique artisans, crafts from independent retailers and food for foodies.
A genuine plant lover/houseplant guru too, Cathy tells us her home is filled with over 60 plants! She blames lockdown (we're keen for tips having been responsible for more plant casualties than we care to remember).

 Describe Loveone, in just 3 words?  
 Favourite My Doris piece?
Crystal link drop earrings. Elegant and versatile – I was saving mine for special occasions, however since lockdown, I wear them anywhere. So everyday is now special!
 What Instagram account are you loving right now? 
 I love Leaf_Supply on Insta. I just love all the fabulous pics and it gives me plant goals. It’s good for our internal environments too.
 Who do you daydream about popping in?
My mum - sadly, she died before I started my own business, and I think she would have loved the shop. She was a passionate shopper!
 Tell us what you love about your job?
I really enjoy the people and the daily interactions. We are very much part of the local community of the Saints - this is why our high streets are so important to save – community. My favourite time of year has to be Christmas – the build-up and planning, the decoration of the shop, all the smells, ...quite literally decking the halls in the shop with fresh foliage and being a small part of so many peoples’ celebrations.
Favourite spot for a day trip? 
 I have rediscovered my local environment throughout lockdown, like so many others. Ipswich has some great green spaces including Christchurch and Holywells Park, the waterfront and the river Orwell. There are so many great walks on my doorstep including Orwell country Park and the Fynn Valley - I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
Item of jewellery you couldn't live without? 
 Absolutely my wedding rings – my own and my mum’s – just because they are special.
 You can find Loveone at 21 St Peters Street, Ipswich or over on the gram @shoploveone.




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