Keen-eyed shoppers in Whitchurch’s High Street will have noticed Sunshine Separates, a familiar name for 50 years in the town, has shut down.
But those seeking expertise in underwear fitting need not worry as the shop has continued in a new form – thanks to the timely intervention of Colour Supplies in Mill Street, which has given Elaine Denny-Prescott and her nieces a new home.
Elaine, whose older sisters Mal Simcox and Annette Heath established Sunshine Separates in Whitchurch half a century ago, is now part of Sunshine Girls, and is delighted to back in business with Mandy and Lorna.
“My sisters had shops all over the area,” said Elaine. “They built it up from the bottom, with my other sister Rosemary, and then they took on Annette’s daughter Mandy and Mal’s daughter Lorna.
“It’s a good family business and we were known for giving a really good service. I worked for them for 35 years – it was one of those shops that people trusted.
“Colour Supplies came about because nowhere else in town offered a service like ours. They wanted to take it up and then they asked if anyone wanted to work for them.
“I manage it with Mandy and it’s known as the Sunshine Girls at Colour Supplies. I like that name. Colour Supplies have been amazing and they’re backing us 100 per cent.
“Even though I’ve been there only five weeks, it feels like forever. It’s not been overly busy yet but people are coming up and hopefully they’ll know more now.”
Jane Allman from Colour Supplies added: “We have called it Sunshine Girls and we’re really pleased to keep a Whitchurch business going.”