Firm which featured on BBC launching new range

Pictured left to right are Emma Lane, Rachel Lane, Lily Munday and Andrea Lane
Pictured left to right are Emma Lane, Rachel Lane, Lily Munday and Andrea Lane

A family-run photo business which featured on a BBC2 programme is marking its airing anniversary by launching a new shop.

Peach Lane Studios, formerly Peachy Pics, moved from Friars Square in 2013 when ‘The Fixer’ Alex Polizzi oversaw the move to Wendover.

Now, a year on, owner Andrea Lane, 61, is considering accepting the BBC’s offer of a follow-up as business has been booming.

On Saturday, Andrea launched Peaches Emporium, a shop full of art and craftwork by Vale artists.

She currently works at the Aylesbury Road shop with daughters Emma, 38, and Rachel, 27, as well as Lily Munday, 21, who has recently gone full-time.

And with the success of the move and a number of spare rooms, Andrea and the girls decided to expand the business.

Andrea said: “We decorated one of the rooms over Christmas and asked a lot of craft people if they would be interested.

“We were quite overwhelmed with the amount of people who applied!

“We’ve gone for a vintage, retro theme. Not all higgledy-piggledy.

The emporium hosted an open day for featured artists to exhibit their work on Saturday.

It included mini-workshops for children to make Mother’s Day gifts while shoppers could browse the new items.

Andrea said: “Everyone loved the hand-made stuff - they thought the items were very clever and they are!

“We just think it is another string to our bow and will help to pay the rent at the same time.

“My girls are all quite crafty. Emma does felting and Rachel does sewing so it made sense and we wanted to support local businesses like ourselves.”

The emporium offers jewellery, furniture, clothes and even preserves. It is open Tuesdays-Saturday (9.30am-5pm) and on Sunday (10.30am-4.30pm).