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Owner of Skincense in Diss, Geraldine Leeder hands over to Claire Taylor




After 30 years in business, the owner of a gift shop is set to say goodbye to her customers – and hello to an old friend.

SIGNING OFF: Geraldine Leeder and new owner Claire Taylor. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
SIGNING OFF: Geraldine Leeder and new owner Claire Taylor. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

Geraldine Leeder opened Skincense in Norfolk House Courtyard in Diss on February 23, 1989.

After three decades of ups and downs, she will step away from the successful business next week.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time, but it is time to do something different now,” said Geraldine, who will focus on holiday lettings in Aslacton.

“I am very sorry to be giving it up because of all the people and friendships I have made over the years. But, equally, I need to be doing something else.

Her successor, Claire Taylor, was her first ever employee and will introduce an online shop.

“I’ve known Claire for 20 years and we’ve got similar taste,” she said.

“She knows how I’ve worked, so I think she will keep things roughly the same, while also introducing her own touches.

“The shop is in good hands. If I was going to sell it to anybody, Claire would be my number one choice,” added the 60-year-old, who has known Diss since she was a baby.

Back in 1989, Skincense was located a couple of doors down in the building that now houses Claire’s Sweetie Shop.

In 2000, Geraldine moved the business to its current location.

“A big thank you to everyone in Diss and the surrounding areas – and goodbye,” said Geraldine, who is inviting everyone to stop by on Saturday to see her off and welcome Claire.

“I might occasionally pop in to help out in the future,” she added.



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