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Budget baby boutique in Islington could close

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 November 2015

Charlotte Pearsons in her baby clothes shop

Charlotte Pearsons in her baby clothes shop

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A shop that sells second-hand baby clothes to struggling parents could close, its owner has warned.

Charlotte Pearson, 28, opened her “baby boutique” Kiss Chayce in Caledonian Road in April. As well as buying used clothes and re-selling them at bargain prices, she gives away garments to parents who can’t afford them.

Miss Pearson, a single motherwho takes no wage, said: “The shop has progressed and it has had a really great response from people.”

But seven months on, she says the shop may have to close in a few months due to lack of funds.

“I know many people would be sad to see me go but it’s very difficult to pay the rent when you’re trying to charge the minimum,” she said.

To add to her difficulties, a health problem has prevented Miss Pearson, who lives in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, from working full-time.

“It’s been really difficult recently because I’ve been ill with a back injury and had to close for a while,” she said.

Nikita Aaron, 24, a customer who is 20 weeks pregnant and has a four-year-old son, said: “I think Kiss Chayce is an absolutely fantastic shop. For someone so young to take on such a big project to build her dream and help as many parents as possible on the way is amazing.”

She added: “I’m currently paying off a pram I wouldn’t be able to afford if it wasn’t for Kiss Chayce. I’m working two jobs and still struggling.

“This store enables me to buy all the stuff I need (in near perfect or perfect condition) at prices I can afford.

“Charlotte goes above and beyond to help struggling parents, including instalment plans and offering free items to people who really need it. She deserves all the help she can get with the store.

“I really hope she doesn’t have to close because losing the store will not only break her heart, it will also affect a lot of struggling parents who need the store.”

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