Kid friendly craft stall opens at Accrington Market

A local entrepreneur has established herself in the Market Hall, with a new craft based business offering fun activities and events for children.

Busy Bugs Crafts owner Heather Dean is an Accrington resident and once had a Saturday job as a teenager at the market.

Her new balcony stall sells figures and shapes that can be decorated creatively with anything from poster paint to sharpies.

Heather explained her reasons for opening, saying:

‘I started originally for my children – I have a son with additional needs and when he was younger I became aware how many activities weren’t as inclusive as they could be. I used to have a mobile business but always wanted my own space that I could deck out for occasions like Halloween and Christmas.

‘With this new stall, I can welcome in families to get creative in a friendly environment that anyone can enjoy. The shapes we sell for decoration are made from high-strength plaster that is durable and easy to paint, draw on or stick things to.

‘Our most popular ones with children are gonks – similar to gnomes – and decorative skulls but we sell everything from party packs to individual items for as little as one pound.’

Children’s parties

The activities offered by Busy Bugs Crafts won’t be just confined to the new shop, as qualified play worker Heather has revealed plans to offer crafting events:

‘The Market operators have kindly allowed us to use the upstairs meeting area to host regular craft groups, after school clubs and birthday gatherings for children and my fellow trader Mike’s Bites will be providing catering options, including their famous stonebaked pizzas.

‘I’m just excited to get as many people as I can involved in something creative, without any judgement on abilities, age or income.’

Market manager Sameena King commented on the new arrival, saying:

‘Another arty addition to our balcony units – Busy Bugs Crafts has brought a welcome energy and attitude, making a great impression with customers and other traders. The fact Heather knows the Market Hall inside out and is Accrington born and raised herself means she understands how to connect with people. Her ambition to do more to push inclusion, collaboration and creativity in our community is something we’re proud to support as much as we can.’

Any local entrepreneurs considering a stall or pop-up opportunities should contact the market by emailing or via social media.