Olney's new fragrance boutique, Love Lana was officially opened by Debbie Brock, the local councillor and Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, who cut the ribbon to the sweet smelling new shop on the Market Place.
It is often said that it is a brave person who starts a business in a recession. But for Sharon Cross everything came together to make this the year to open the boutique, which is named after her daughter.
She has been in department store retailing her whole working life, starting as a window
dresser in House of Fraser on Oxford Street and progressing to Store Manager
Designate of Debenhams in Milton Keynes.
She said: "it was a job that seemed to fill my every waking moment. In 2008 I “put me first” and moved to an 1850’s cottage near Olney, handed in my notice and made a life changing decision to stop and share more time with my daughter Lana, my family and the dogs! After 28 years in retail, I needed to take time to see what I really wanted to do with my life."
In November last year her mum passed away suddenly one evening. It was a turning point:
"It was that very morning we had spoken about my new start and that she wished she could give me the money to make my dream come true - working for myself and using my years of experience to open a shop full of beautiful perfumes, gifts and toiletries."
Using money she inherited, Sharon has now opened Love Lana's.
"I've filled it with things that make me happy - fragrances, toiletries, bath bubbles, fragrance lamps and fizzes pretty things that will make people smile! I know mum would be so proud of Love Lana and what I have achieved. I hope that everyone who buys presents from us passes on the joy I have found putting together this beautiful little shop filled with exclusive gifts and toiletries."
Kim Durden, the Chair of the Olney Chamber of Trade was one of those to welcome the opening. She said "we warmly welcome Love Lana's and wish Sharon Cross and her team every success".