Thanet’s Most Impressive Women 2014

It is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to find out more about some of the women of achievement living in our own neighbourhood. Here are some of my favourite women of 2014, who I think, are very inspiring and successful women out there.

The Doll’s  House has left; but a very special Toy Shop is coming to Broadstairs…

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Small World was the name of the doll’s house shop on the corner of York Street in Broadstairs, and it must have felt like a fortuitously small world for Ashleigh Millward, who – months after moving into a house just around the corner from it – and already the owner of an online-only traditional children’s toy shop, found that the business was up for sale, as owner Bee returned home to Thailand. 

Ashleigh, who is 26 year old and already a wife, a mother and a business owner is pretty (as you can see), smart, focussed and doesn’t shy away from something in between a giggle and a full blown laughter. I popped into the shop, where she was hard at work transforming it into a lighter, brighter space for her traditional toys, to find out more about her:

 

The Reading Rooms

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Meet Louise Oldfield. Trail-blazing B&B landlady, via Sheffield, Florence and now Margate. FInd out more here:

Proper Coffee House – Margate

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From Marine Archeology, to pole dancing* to now the owner of Proper Coffee House in Margate, Violet, has lived an interesting life. Raised in a small town in Cambridgeshire, Violet, 27  comes from a family of artists. After some travelling and exploring various interests she has now fulfilled one of her biggest dreams; of offering people a cosy cafe that serves the best coffee in town and homemade cakes to everyone’s liking. 

*Oh just for exercise! 

Chang Crafted

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Beachwalkmuse meets Fiona Chang, owner of Chang Crafted. She is a former police officer. She has a household of 6 children every other weekend (two of her own and four of her husband’s) and they are now expecting their third child together. Many would find themselves stuck in their family life, but amidst so much chaos, Fiona Chang has found a way to be independent and creative.

Fiona and I met at Proper Coffee House and had a great time catching up on things.

In conversation with Fiona Chang, owner of Chang Crafted…

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