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She was training to be a paramedic when she started the businessSubscribe today to get the latest Derbyshire headlines straight to your inbox with our free email updatesWe have more newslettersA Derbyshire teenager cancelled her plans to become a paramedic to open a new business in a major Burton shopping centre. The 18-year-old from Swadlincote […]



She was training to be a paramedic when she started the business
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A Derbyshire teenager cancelled her plans to become a paramedic to open a new business in a major Burton shopping centre. The 18-year-old from Swadlincote started the business selling bath bombs over lockdown.
Summer Williams opened her business Woodside Giftware, in the Octagon Shopping Centre, after her online store went from strength to strength, expanding its range of giftware online and at craft fairs. Summer makes many of the items herself – including soaps and bath bombs reports Staffordshire Live.
Speaking on her first day open, Summer, said: "We have already had people who are regulars on the online store and come see us at craft fares come in this morning and wish us luck. A lot of the items we source ourselves, but items like the soaps and the bath bombs are made by me.
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"We have a lot of these gift baskets and soaps in a wide variety of scents. I will come up with the cocktails of scents and match a colour and a catchy name to them.
"We also have items like dried flowers for people to use for decoration as well as wax melts, both of which are very in items right now. We also have a cheeky 18-plus-only section near the back of the shop.
"We already had one woman in who was going on a hen do later and purchase an item from there. I won't say what it was."
She was training to be a paramedic when she started the business. Summer added: "The whole thing just started as a hobby. There wasn't much to do over lockdown so I did it to keep myself occupied.
"We wanted to set up shop in Burton as opposed to Swad just because Burton is a lot busier. Plus we had been doing craft fairs around there anyway.
"I was training to be a paramedic, but the business just took off. It's much better to let people have a choice in person."
Summer's mum, Jane, helped her daughter get ready for the launch day on August 20. She said: "It was quite scary at first when she told me that she wanted to follow this up as a business, but I've always encouraged her to follow what she wanted to do.
"We do have a prime location in the Octagon. We have regular customers and it's been busy so far this morning.
"Our house always smells nice and I'm so proud of her. She's done amazing."
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