Success is on the cards for couple

Rob Costello and Ginny Doran in the new The Tiny Card Co shop off Newgate Street, Morpeth.
Rob Costello and Ginny Doran in the new The Tiny Card Co shop off Newgate Street, Morpeth.

A PEGSWOOD couple are hoping that business success will soon be on the cards after moving from the Morpeth market into a shop.

And for Rob Costello, opening up in premises off Newgate Street marks a return indoors in the town centre.

He and his mother ran the R&A Costello card shop in Sanderson Arcade, before its refurbishment, from 1986 to 2006.

After deciding that the business could not afford to go in the new shopping centre and finding nothing suitable elsewhere, it became a stall at markets across the North East and Mr Costello’s partner Ginny Doran came on board.

Although trading went reasonably well, the extreme snowy weather last November and December made them think about doing something else.

So the duo were delighted when the unit near the Boulevards takeaway became available and they were able to open The Tiny Card Co last month.

Mr Costello said: “R&A Costello built up a decent customer base, with people coming to the shop from all over Northumberland.

“When we moved out I didn’t believe there was anywhere suitable to move into so me and Ginny decided to sell cards from the markets, which included Morpeth, Alnwick and Tynemouth.

“Things started out well but recently we were losing too much trade because of the weather – the snow in November and December meant markets had to be cancelled.

“We were about to pack it in and look for other jobs, however we heard this unit was available and after taking a look we felt it was a good fit for us.

“We are pleased to be back as a shop and this means we are also saving money on fuel costs.”

The couple believe the ‘strong support’ for independent traders in Morpeth will help the business to do well in its new location.