Victoria Centre (Stall 275/285 )
My business, the Italian Shop Ltd, has been trading on Victoria Centre Market for about 5 years. We used to occupy a smaller stall but have recently moved to our new home, which has made such a difference, as we now have lots more room to display all our wonderfully vibrant African fabrics and clothing alongside an extensive stock of leather bags, shoes, belts and jewellery too.
I used to visit the market every week for my shopping, and I noticed a gap in the market for that one thing that wasn’t currently sold….. African clothing! So I decided to set up my own little business selling just that, and I’ve never looked back!
I also widened my stock to include leather products and jewellery, which really do finish off any outfit perfectly.
By far, men’s shoes are one of my best sellers! I stock a wide choice of styles and colours and many of my customers return time and time again, as they know they will always be able to buy quality goods from me.
My regulars don’t just love the quality either! You’ll often see me stopping to chat with them, as I strongly believe that nothing is too much trouble and taking a moment or two to pass the time of day is really important to both my customers and for me too!
The best thing about my job is meeting customers (new and old), in particular the new ones, as I get a real buzz from being able to help them and make sure they leave with just what they were looking for.