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Taylor’s Flower shop is Taylor’s no longer: it’s Gudger’s!

When the proprietor of Taylor’s Florist let it be known that she was thinking of selling the business, Sharon and Matt Gudger jumped at the opportunity to keep the business going. They took over on April 1st and are already full of plans to refurbish and develop. Sharon explained that she is determined to keep this as a small, local, independent shop providing the people of Barrow with high quality floristry and giftware. She and Matt will be giving the place a facelift, but are anxious to preserve the appearance of this quaint High Street shop – one of the few older shops left in the village. They will be opening up a new part of the shop upstairs to sell gifts and also hope to run in-house florist school courses.

They will continue to specialise in wedding floristry, personalised requests and funeral pieces, including all sorts of unusual bespoke requests. Sharon showed me photos of some truly amazing wreaths that she and Nicola, her assistant, have made recently – a Wolverhampton Wanderers' club logo and a wreath for a gardener incorporating all sorts of vegetables.

I asked Sharon where she had gained her floral skills and her answer made perfect sense: she trained as a hairdresser and managed a big salon in Leicester. When she came to Barrow she redirected her creative skills towards creating flower arrangements. She initially helped out part time for Sylvia Steane, just coming in at busy times – Valentine’s Day, and Mothering Sunday. She then started working for Kelly Taylor who trained her in all aspects of floristry. Sharon has now been working in the floristry industry for almost ten years.

When I asked Matt, born and bred in Barrow, whether he has flower arranging skills, I got the strong impression that his role in that direction wouldn’t go much further than handing over the Sellotape for the wrapping paper. But there will be lots to do behind the scenes. As an Information Development offi cer at Charnwood Borough Council, his IT skills are second to none and we can expect big developments in Taylor’s Florist’s website and social media in the near future.

Barrow Voice wishes Sharon and Matt all the best in their new business venture.
Judith Rogers