07 December 2016
A quirky vintage boutique has been voted ‘Best Small Business’ by the shoppers of Basingstoke as part of the national ‘Small Business Saturday’ (SBS) UK Campaign.
Vintage Treasures, which is owned by Victoria Arrowsmith, won the coveted title, along with Trilbys Hairdressers and Barbers. Shoppers were asked to vote for their favourite independent shop and over 500 votes were cast for 60 businesses.
“We are overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from our customers,” said Victoria. “So many contacted us to say they had voted! We have worked really hard to provide a high level of customer service and offer a unique shopping experience to local people - it means a lot to us that this effort is acknowledged by our customers.”
Vintage Treasures is situated in Church Street, Basingstoke and is a stylish, individual vintage boutique stocking an eclectic range of genuine vintage clothing, as well as superb quality reproduction vintage dresses. All their stock is hand-picked by Victoria and her team from genuine vintage outlets from around the world. With help from her mother, Victoria began her business predominantly online until she was approached by the BCoT over two years ago and asked to run the shop in partnership with them. “This was an excellent opportunity to expand my business and at the same time give students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in an independent business,” said Victoria.
During Small Business Saturday (SBS) Vintage Treasures offered customers a 10% discount off all stock as a thank you for their continued support and loyalty. “We are proud to have a growing customer base of local people who are looking for that special place to shop,” said Victoria. “When they walk through our doors, shoppers know they will find a fantastic selection of vintage inspired clothing which will flatter all shapes and can be worn at any occasion. It’s great to know we are getting it right and we are thrilled with this award!”
Victoria Arrowsmith (right) and her mum Angie in Vintage Treasures. Photo credit Blaire Rowland.