Art gallery and shop to close on Saturday

The Blue Room, Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea. Craft drop-in group.

The Blue Room, Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea. Craft drop-in group. - Credit: Archant

A business and art hub is closing on Saturday due to a lack of trade.

Sharon Brown took over The Blue Room more than five years ago – enabling artists to showcase and sell their work.

Sharon held regular art and craft workshops and introduced a tearoom in 2015.

Despite its success over the years, she has announced she can no longer continue to run it.

She said: “It’s with much sadness I’m announcing The Blue Room will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday.

“We will continue trading as normal until then and all workshops will go ahead as scheduled.

“I hope you will continue to support us, taking this last opportunity to buy from our local artists and makers.

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“I’d like to thank all our loyal customers for their support over the past five-and-a-half years.

“Quite simply, The Blue Room is yet another victim of the decline in ‘bricks and mortar’ retail activity.

“We are not being charged an exorbitant rent – our landlords have bent over backwards to help, including our first three years rent free.

“We don’t pay business rates because the rateable value is below the threshold.

“We are simply unable to generate adequate turnover with the low footfall in Nailsea and changing purchasing habits affecting all retailers.

“This has been a very difficult decision, I’ve poured my heart and soul into trying to build a sustainable business that serves its local community.”

Sharon added: “I would like to celebrate what we’ve achieved. In so many ways the Blue Room has been hugely successful.

“My goal was for it to be a business which contributed to the community and I think we have done that through the exhibitors, customers, the people who took part in the workshops and those who taught them.

“The community is an all encompassing term and we have provided an amazing service to those people.

“People told me we have changed their lives because we introduced them to skills and crafts they would never have tried.

“In so many ways it’s been hugely successful, but it’s just not financially stable enough to continue.”