Norfolk shop owner displays her love for town in window

Karen Hart, owner of the Card and Party Shop in Harleston, where a display representing all of the t

Karen Hart, owner of the Card and Party Shop in Harleston, where a display representing all of the town's business and services has been erected in the shop window. - Credit: Karen Hart

A Norfolk card shop owner has been inspired to create her own display by a hotel which holds an open day for businesses in the town.

Karen Hart, owner of The Card and Party Shop in Harleston Market Place, has used her own products to create a window display representing businesses and services available in the town.

The inspiration for her project was an open day which will be held at the Swan Hotel in Harleston on April 27, giving local clubs and organisations the chance to show people what is available on their doorstep.

So Mrs Hart decided to do her bit and created the display in her window, which shows off the work of 21 businesses in the town, with the aim to show people what a cast array of shops and amenities the town has to offer.

For example, the town's Budgens supermarket is represented by a card with supermarket products on it, while the Apollo social club is represented by party poppers.


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Other organisations represented include the police and fire service, hairdressers, beauticians, solicitors, greengrocers, a betting shop, a financial adviser and accountant, while the town's butchers are represented by cards with cows and pigs on them.

Mrs Hart, who has run the business for 15 years with her husband David, said the shop specialised in supplying greetings cards, but also had a party section run by her husband.

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She added: 'As the hotel is having its own display, I thought I would organise one of my own to show newcomers to the area what a vast array of shops and amenities the town boasts.'

She said she also wanted to make the display 'slightly humourous,' adding that as far as she was aware there had not previously been a display in the town.

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