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Blackburn shop reopens after arson damage
8:00pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A LINGERIE shop which suffered £25,000 damage in an arson attack three months ago has re-opened its doors.
Eve Lingerie, in Fleming Square, Blackburn, had to close for 12 weeks after smoke poured into the premises from a fire in a neighbouring shop in July.
Owner Janet Bailey refused to walk away from her six-year-old business, keeping herself busy doing fittings in people’s houses while the store was closed.
Janet said: “It was a bit nerve wracking because 12 weeks is a long time.
"You start getting nervous that people might have forgotten about you but as soon as we re-opened ladies were coming in and giving us hugs and saying that they’d missed us so much.”
Janet and her daughter Holly, who works in the shop with her, said that while the fire was devastating it has provided them with some new opportunities and now their business was better than ever.
The shop has been fully refurbished - the soft furnishings, exposed brickwork and chandeliers all combining to give the feel of luxury hotel or a Parisienne boutique.
Janet said: “It’s been a stressful few weeks but we’re so glad to be back and doing what we love and so grateful for all the support we’ve received."
Janet said she can guess a woman's bra size by just looking at them and she doesn’t even need a tape measure.
She said: “It’s not really a special talent - any good bra fitter should be able to do it.
“But I can tell what size someone is, sometimes while they are still wearing their coat.
“I got so sick of going to look for bras and never being able to find anything that fit.
“I was made to feel stupid and ridiculed by staff in some shops just because my body was a bit different.
“One day, I went to a proper bra fitters, Rigby and Pellor in London and they sized me up without a tape measure and I’ve never looked back.”
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