25th Feb, 2020

Rubery businesses rise from the ashes with re-launch after fire

Anu Shukla 18th Nov, 2016 Updated: 18th Nov, 2016

TWO Rubery business owners who had their shops devastated by a fire last month are appealing to the community to help them get back on track when they relaunch a joint store in the village tomorrow (Saturday).

Home Sweet Home Furnishings and CC Balloons, Weddings and Occasions have literally risen from the ashes by joining forces to open a brand new shop on Rubery High Street, where they have taken over from the old florist next to Tesco.

The fire at Father’s Barn in Rubery on October 13 devastated the premises when it took hold.

And since then, business owners Helen and Dave Stansbie, and Claire and Wayne Cross have worked around the clock to rebuild their dreams.

They are inviting residents to support them by celebrating the re-launch with a glass of wine, nibbles and a browse.

Home Sweet Home lost over 150 pieces of furniture and homeware to the tune of £6,000 and CC Balloons, Weddings and Occasions also lost everything in the fire.

Dave said: “We were distraught when hundreds of hours of our blood, sweat and tears went up in smoke.

“But a decision had to be made – do we stop and not carry on, or do we brush ourselves down and not be defeated?”

Local community support convinced the two couples to carry on.

As a result, a decision was made to join forces and share a shop on Rubery High Street when a property became vacant.

Dave said: “We could not have wished for a more supportive landlord who wanted to help us get back on our feet.

“Soon November 1 we took the keys, and nearly one month after the devastation of the fire, we are now ready to welcome our friends and members of the community to our brand new premises.”

Visit www.facebook.com/HomeSweetHomeFurnishings1/ for more information.

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