Independent business is bucking the trend

NRHNLM110322C3 - The Olive Tree Heanor. Owner Niki Taylor

NRHNLM110322C3 - The Olive Tree Heanor. Owner Niki Taylor

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A Heanor trader says she is proof it is not all doom and gloom for traders in the town centre.

Nicki Taylor, who owns the Olive Tree, on Market Street, has people visit her giftware store from as far afield as Derby, Belper and even Sheffield.

“It’s been great since being here said Nicki. “What I try to do is to source things that are a little bit different. I stock things you can’t get in the High Street and in the bag stores.”

The Olive Tree specialises in high quality bags and what Nicki dscribes as unique and quirky giftware.

The 45-year-old, from Shipley Park, said her key to success is offering the personal touch.

She said: “I offer a free gift wrapping service, those things can really appeal if you take the extra step.”

The Olive Tree is now in its third year. Nicki says she will be launching a spring range of gifts in the near future.

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