A woman who was made redundant during lockdown has opened her first shop in Colley Gate.

Juliet O'Brien lost her job in marketing in 2020 but used the opportunity to start a candle-making business.

She has just opened a shop Waxy Wix on Colley Gate with her partner Christian Houghton.

The couple have transformed the former John Morris electrical shop on the corner of Toys Lane into a unit selling candles, crystals and gifts.

Juliet said: "My partner Christian makes wooden products such as tea light holders and after I was made redundant I thought I fancied making tea lights so I bought a candle making kit from Amazon.

"I've always loved candles.

"I started selling them on Etsy and it went from strength to strength, taking us a bit by surprise.

"It went ballistic over Christmas 2020. It was tricky to keep up with it!"

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Juliet said the former electrical shop has been carved up into separate units.

She said: "It's a landmark building in the area and along with some other small business entrepreneurs like Flo's coffee shop and Joanna's unique pieces, we plan to make the area a thriving commercial hub and improve the aesthetic for the community.

"All of our businesses were born out of lockdown."

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The couple live Oldswinford, Stourbridge.

The shop is open from 9am till 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.