The cost of living crisis has claimed another high street shop.

The owner of Crafty Ones in Fakenham has announced it will shut on April 1 for the final time - saying costs have led to the business no longer being financially viable. 

The shop opened in June 2021 selling crafting goods and an array of products created by local makers. 

Speaking on the closure, shop owner Alice Scourfield, said: "We have made the decision to close the shop, due to the ongoing cost of living crisis leading to a decline in sales.

Dereham Times: Inside Crafty Ones in Fakenham - which is set to close on April 1Inside Crafty Ones in Fakenham - which is set to close on April 1 (Image: Archant)

"People just can’t afford the luxuries at the moment and it’s no longer financially viable to keep the shop open. 

"We have decided to take a step back to focus on our families."

The shop’s closure was announced via a Facebook post.

The Norwich Street business confirmed it will be having a closing sale shortly, and lots of craft supplies will be available at low cost.

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Dereham Times: Crafty Ones in FakenhamCrafty Ones in Fakenham (Image: Archant)

The 32-year-old who also works as a hairdresser in Fakenham has had a passion since she was young, and took to it more as the lockdown boredom took its toll.

Her creations received good reactions from social media so she decided to start a business online in her spare time. 

Ms Scourfield said that business boomed on Facebook and eBay, and after returning to Fakenham she saw the empty unit and thought it would be ideal for the shop.

After speaking with her mum and business partner Angie Waterson about it, there was still some uncertainty, but she enquired about it anyway - a week later they had the keys. 

Dereham Times: Owner of Crafty Ones, Alice ScourfieldOwner of Crafty Ones, Alice Scourfield (Image: Archant)

Over time, they stocked more and more local crafters, and even expanded with a haberdashery.

The shop owner did not rule out returning in some form, adding: “You never know what the future might bring.”