An interior decorations business and cafe in Burnham-On-Sea town centre has closed down after being hit hard by the pandemic.
The owner of BOS Interiors and Coffee, Cake & Curtains in Victoria Street said it had ceased trading on Friday (September 9th).
Owner Julia Stradling says she was announcing the closure “with a heavy heart.”
She adds: “The last decade has seen the soft furnishing industry become increasingly competitive, with online retailers selling at low prices impossible for me, a small business, to match.”
“In 2019 I decided to diversify and converted half of the factory into a café. Coffee, Cake & Curtains was popular and well received by the community, unfortunately, the pandemic hit hard and the business has not been able to recover.”
“To my employees, past and present, thank you for your contributions and support over the last three decades. There would not have been a shop without you.”
“To my customers, thank you for visiting my little shop at the other end of town, whether you purchased some curtains or a cup of tea, I appreciate your business and will miss you all (and your four-legged friends).”
She adds that “all blind & curtain orders will be fulfilled and we will be in touch when they are complete.”
Many customers have expressed their sadness at the closure, with one calling it “a very sad day. This cafe offered something very unique and different – it will be greatly missed.”
The cafe opened in 2019, as we reported here at the time.