Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
3:19 PM 4th July 2017

The Little Alf Shop

Hannah in the shop
Hannah in the shop
Over the past few months I've been trying my hardest to keep this a secret and it has been really difficult as I love sharing news with the world using my blogs and social media.

It was decided not to tell anyone until nearer the launch day, although there was the odd rumour floating around that I was opening up a 'Little Alf Shop'. So now I can reveal that 'YES' we are opening up a shop in the market town of Leyburn.

When I heard about this little building coming up for rent I just couldn't say no and although the building is only small it's perfect for us, small pony small shop, it's a perfect match.

Three years ago when I started my business I could only dream of having a shop one day for all my little Alf products. It has taken 3 years to build up the brand and get to where we are today, making a lot of mistakes along the way, but without the mistakes you never learn about your business. Like the saying goes 'In every mistake there is a potential for growth' and I truly believe that.

Hannah's new shop in Leyburn
Hannah's new shop in Leyburn
I don't think it's quite sunk in yet that I'm opening the shop on the 8th July which is next Saturday. It is a little scary as I still have final things to arrive ready for the launch!

Leyburn is a lovely little market town to be in and it's just 10 minutes from my home. I'm hoping to take Alfie there in the next week to show him around. I'm not sure what he will think, but I'm pretty sure he knows he's quite the star as when I get the camera bag out he seems to go into a natural pose.

I'm going to use the shop as a bit of an office/shop. Hopefully it will give me lots of inspiration for my next book and it will be great to meet the public. I always love hearing what people think about the Little Alf Books.

The shop launch is on Saturday 8th July 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm, I've designed some Little Alf cupcakes which I'm super excited to see (although I don't really fancy taking a bite out of Alfie!)

If you're in Leyburn next weekend pop along and say Hi, enjoy a glass of fizz and a cupcake and celebrate with us!

Shop address is - 1 Golden Lion's Yard, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5AS.