AN ARTS and crafts store is going from “strength to strength” despite many similar stores in the area closing after lockdown.

The Craft T Life shop is based in the Royal Arcade in Boscombe and has recently undergone a refurbishment ahead of a relaunch for its customers having received new ownership.

Terri Evans is the longest serving volunteer at the shop and has told the Daily Echo that the new owner has a “really good vision” for the future of the store.

She said: “We’re so pleased to have come out of lockdown and be able to improve on what the shop has to offer. The T in Craft T stands for therapy, it’s laughter therapy, it’s fun and that’s what we centre everything on.

“Old customers have loved the changes and oh my gosh so many new customers are coming too. Everybody needs help for mental health nowadays and so we encourage anyone to come in, sit down, have a coffee and make something.”

Bournemouth Echo: Customers of Craft T Life in Boscombe take part in a Project Linus charity sewCustomers of Craft T Life in Boscombe take part in a Project Linus charity sew

The September relaunch has seen new stock and furniture as well as a host of workshops for all ages.

Terri added: “I’m the only volunteer who’s still here since the previous ownership and the shop’s going strength to strength. It’s amazing to see as the new owner has a really good vision that we’re all aiming for.

“We just laugh all day and that’s what Craft T is all about.”

Earlier this month, Craft T welcomed the Project Linus charity to the store. Project Linus aims to provide comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets.

Craft T will hold monthly meetings in the shop for visitors to make patterns and quilts for the charity. The next workshop is on Thursday, October 7.