Henley high street is seeing some changes ahead of the busy summer season.
A new ladies shoe shop, Cecilia Quinn Shoe Boutique has opened in the old Whittington Art shop on Hart Street.
The business is run by Claudia de Biasi and Michele Langenbrinck who first met in 2003 when they were stylists. They started to source their own Italian made shoes for their clients as they couldn’t buy shoes for their clients that were both stylish and comfortable. They opened their first Cecilia Quinn shop opened in Old Amersham in 2015 and building on the success of that Claudia and Michele wanted to open a second store. Michele said, “We did look at Marlow initially but couldn’t find the right shop with the right amount of storage space for the price we were looking at. This shop has real character with the old beams like our original shop in Amersham. It was right for the brand.”
From shoes for glamorous events to practical comfy shoes, the shop also stocks a range of handbags, scarves and belts. Specialising in comfort, every pair of shoes is handcrafted in Italy and the enclosed shoes and trainers come with an integral orthotics inner sole. The high heel range are designed for comfort too, keeping the weight on the heel not on the ball of the foot. Prices start at £155. Michele commented “We wanted to source a good quality luxury shoe that wasn’t at Mayfair prices!”
Michele added, “We’ve had a really good response and a lovely welcome already since opening. People are pleased to see a new shoe shop open and we’ve had lots of lovely compliments about the flowers outside.”
Lilly Dry Clean on New Street is expanding too and is opening their second shop on Greys Road (formerly Textures hairdressers) this Saturday (18 May). Owner, Andy Andreou said, “Since opening 3 1/2 years ago the business has grown and got so busy that I need to open another shop to keep up with demand. The new shop will have the only eco-friendly dry cleaning machine to my knowledge in the area. We’re also looking at other green initiatives including providing eco friendly duvet bags.” Andy’s great customer service was recognised last year by being nominated in the Herald Community Champion Customer Service Award.
Mini World Gifts is opening on Sunday (19 May) in the old kitchen shop on the Reading Road. The shop is being opened by Regatta Wines owner, Savinder Bajaj, The shop will sell gifts, cards and novelties including key rings and bags. Inderjit said, “My wife (Inderjit) will running the shop and the things we are going to be selling are new and different things that aren’t available in other shops in Henley.”
The old Scene 1 Take 1 coffee which closed down in March has reopened as The Henley Coffee Shop on Bell Street and we understand that a tailoring/alteration service shop is going into the old Autolex shop on Friday street. No date is known yet for the opening of The Hart Street Tavern which is opening in the old CAU restaurant.
Unfortunately Sparkes jewellery shop on Station Road is closing in September after 20 years at the end of their lease. They will continue to trade online.