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Hope Chest, Interior View, Hope, 1987
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Hope Chest began as a shop with one counter and expanded to fill the ground and first floor of the building. It as almost a mini department store with a cafe, upmarket gifts section, bookshop, health food and homeopathy (pictured here) and clothing. It was very customer focused and always had a friendly atmosphere. The partners, Barbara Wilkinson, Shelia Reynolds and Pauline Payne were all ex-lecturers and continued the business until they retired a few years ago.