As Diss’ Purple Door closes, another one opens

The Purple Door gift shop os closing down ANL-160413-183440009
The Purple Door gift shop os closing down ANL-160413-183440009

Diss has lost another of its one-off shops – but this time the internet is not to blame.

Changing shopping habits and online buying are frequently the cause when small, specialist shops close down.

We were well supported by the people in the town and a lot of people were unhappy we closed

But Purple Door, in Cobbs Yard, has closed for different and contradictory reasons – retirement and a new venture.

If Purple Door, which opened five years ago, had one particular speciality it was painted furniture, but customers were just as likely to find items from Morocco to China, jewellery made from an old biscuit tin and cutlery hammered into coat hooks.

Trade at the Purple Door came from personal customers, not the internet, said Sarah Bush, one half of the couple who ran it for five years.

But her husband, Graham Hart, the ‘front man’ who is also a carpenter and was responsible for many of the bespoke items in the shop, wished to retire and despite some interest, nobody would take on the shop and it closed two weeks ago.

“We would not like anyone to think we closed because we were not supported. We were well supported by the people in the town and a lot of people were unhappy we closed,” said Mrs Bush.

“It was not the internet and we did not even have a website in the end.

“Things are looking up for this end of town and the Diss yards are very popular.”

The couple are now busily preparing their home near the Corn Hall where they plan, in retirement, to run a bed and breakfast.