A NEW shop selling pet supplies is set to open in Bishop's Waltham's smallest unit.

Willow's Pet Supplies will be opening its doors to customers on Saturday, August 6, in Bishop's Waltham High Street.

The shop had been operating online but now the owner, Victoria Wiggans, is getting ready to open the shop.

Victoria said: “I've worked in pastoral care in secondary schools for the last 12 years. It is a very stressful role, and I was finding it was taking it's toll on me emotionally and physically. During Covid I lost two grandparents and it made me rethink life a bit.

“In May last year we got our gorgeous dog Willow (hence the shop name) and I decided to pursue getting a shop in Bishop's Waltham High Street. It has taken nearly a year but eventually this shop became available and I decided to go for it.

“It's totally out of my comfort zone but thought if I don't do it now, I never will.

“I will be able to walk to work with the dog everyday and I am really excited about my new adventure.”

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Victoria's family currently have five animals of their own.

She said: “As a family we have always loved animals, and currently have Willow, our dog, Maisie our cat and two rabbits, Nibbles and Munch. I've also had my own horses. I'm known for coming across wild animals in distress and seem to regularly be rescuing something, much to the amusement of people who know me, who are no longer surprised by my stories.

“Everyone in the town has been very welcoming and been very positive about having a pet supplies in the village.

“The shop is lovely and has lots of original features which I love, like an old safe in the wall as you go down the stairs to the cellar, and I am trying to keep a traditional feel to the shop.

“Our online store has a continuous variety of fantastic merchandise along with unique limited edition and seasonal items that fit any budget.

“We try to offer our customers the best selection of products at great prices.”

The shop will be replacing the small unit of Outlaw Barbershop, who have taken over Julia's Kitchen which closed last year.

Willow's Pet Supplies will be opening on Saturday, August 6 and will cater for dogs, cats and small animals.

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