Spring sees new shops blossom

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Spring has seen the opening of two new shops in Rye in the past week, benefitting from the influx of visitors over Easter, writes Seana Lanigan. A Ladybird pop-up in the former Siren and Pearl shop on East Street marks the centenary of Ladybird Books. Various events are taking place to celebrate the anniversary, including an exhibition at Bexhill. Younger readers might not remember the classic Ladybird books from their childhood, but over-40s will recollect them with affection. Simon Spicer, who runs the shop, holds the licence to reproduce Ladybird images and the shop contains greetings cards, notebooks, prints and a collection of vintage books. Spicer plans to introduce lighting, prints, sculpture and jewellery. It’s a beautiful shop: I went in three times in 24 hours and bought something each time.

Savia is in the old tourist information centre in Lion Street (pictured above). Vanessa Savia has relocated her jewellery, card and gift shop from Ashford to Rye, attracted by the friendly atmosphere and lower business rates. She will also be offering framing and a free gift-wrap service.