Onwards and upwards to 2017….

Well, what can we say about 2016 that hasn’t already been said? It’s been tough. REALLY tough.  There have been far too many deaths, far too much talent taken from the world and an awful lot of politics.  All in all, it’s made it a very hard year to handle.  But you know what, we made it! We’re still here to tell the tale.  And that’s thanks to you guys :)

It’s been a challenging year for many small businesses this year, with people being very careful about how and where they spend their hard earned money (and rightly so).  We’ve seen some big name brands close their doors for the final time. We’re all still facing tough times following the Brexit vote.  The US Presidential election has brought with it more uncertainty and concern.  Thankfully our lovely loyal customer base has continued to visit us and to spread the word about our little store. You guys rock and we wouldn’t be here without you all!

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So, to be honest, we were a little worried about writing this post and we weren’t feeling particularly positive.  Luckily, just at the right time for us, our #2016bestnine of Instagram appeared and gave us a little inspiration! We’ve had lots of fun over on our Instagram account this year, and this collage helped us to see what you guys like about us….

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So this is what we learnt from our Instagram #2016bestnine:

You guys love to support Small Business….

You guys believe that we are the Best Place To Treat Yourself in Leeds…

You guys want to look ahead to 2017 as much as we do….

You guys love our OHC makers as much as we do…

You guys love Christmas as much as we do…

And….

You guys REALLY love our new style window displays!

All in all we’ve had some great highlights in the tough year that has been 2016 :)

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We’ve had some VERY talented folk join our OHC family this year, bringing new fans, new treats and new friendships. we’ve seen our reputation grow. We’ve welcomed many new customers and friends to our little store.  We’ve had plenty of laughs.  We received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence thanks to your reviews of us.  We’ve helped people to learn new skills and be creative (and had so many laughs along the way!). We’ve shared great events with customers and friends old and new. We were honoured to win a shiny new Best Place To Treat Yourself in Leeds trophy from the fab folk at Leeds Love Affair. And the icing on the 2016 cake was our nomination for Yorkshire Choice Independent Business of the Year! So here’s our own #2016bestnine:

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So we survived 2016! Now, onwards and upwards to 2017…..and we can’t say it any better than this photo from one of our fabulous customers, Helen Riddle, who shared with us her Christmas Cake decorated with one of our Sophie Dumont Designs walnut shell boats setting sail on a year of adventure – how fitting!

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All that’s left to say is enjoy welcoming in 2017!

We wish you a very Happy New Year, please raise a glass with us and say Cheers!

Claire & Nat xx

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