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The launch is planned for not one day but for an entire week

House to Haven founder, Sarah Fragkakis, is looking forward to welcoming visitors from Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and beyond to the store’s official opening day on Saturday 24 July 2021 [COVID restrictions depending].

Cranfield’s new homeware and gift shop is taking over the premises that was Marshalls Hardware on the High Street.

During the launch, the first fifty guests can look forward to a glass of bubbles, cake and a goody bag filled with fantastic free gifts and discount vouchers as they browse the handpicked collections of Scandinavian, modern rustic and French vintage-inspired home and garden accessories.

Sarah, a Cranfield resident since 2012, said:

“We’re all about supporting the community whether asking local businesses to sell their products through the shop or supporting local worthwhile causes. This is something there will be more of once we’re open.

“I ran the Cranfield Christmas Shoebox Appeal in December 2020, where the Cranfield Co-op kindly offered to be the drop-off point and we collected more than fifty boxes for children in need in Central Asia. This is something House to Haven is very excited to continue again this year.

“My dream is for local people to able to buy affordable home decor treasures and unique gifts from our handpicked collections, some sourced from small businesses.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone during opening week, and offering inspiration and tips in person, and through our styling and upcycling throughout the shop.”

House to Haven will also be giving away a free gift with purchases over £25 between 19 July to 23 July 2021. It will also be raising money for Decorate A Child’s Life (DACL). This is a Childhood Trust volunteer programme that redecorates dilapidated bedrooms of children in poverty.

The prize draw will include beautiful homeware and gifts, such as:

  1. A Summer garden hamper, featuring a contemporary wicker lantern, an artsy doormat, a woven stab stitch cotton throw, cement citronella candle and cute herb planter markers
  2. A beautiful large bouquet of faux flowers and choice of a butterfly or dragonfly decorative clip
  3. Luxury hummingbird stationery set consisting of a greeting card, notebook, notepad and pen set
  4. £10 gift voucher to spend online or in store

Sarah also hopes to support the community with special guests, VIP events and home decor, upcycling and pet workshops.

Martyn and Dorothy Marshall have now officially handed their village shop over to Sarah. She said:

“They’ve done a fantastic job refurbishing the space. We’ve just installed new wooden flooring, installed a new counter and are so happy with the colour scheme of the front door which is in keeping with the style and history of the 1850s building and neighbouring homes. The Marshall’s house next door dates back as far as 1650.”

Dorothy said:

“We’d been approached by different people, but House to Haven is the business we believe will benefit our community the most and has the added bonus of being online. We feel the shop will have people itching to go in.”

Martyn said:

“As we still live next door, I know Dorothy is going to regularly come out with bags of new things from the shop. We want nothing more than for House to Haven to succeed and wish Sarah the very best.”

The House to Haven website includes a blog that has more information on the history of the former hardware store, along with updates on the launch week.

Decorate A Child’s Life (DACL) Charity Programme is The Childhood Trust’s corporate volunteer programme that redecorates dilapidated bedrooms of children in poverty and local youth centres on which disadvantaged children depend on.

With funding from The Childhood Trust’s generous corporate partners, the DACL programme provides children with safe environments to learn, play, and grow. More information can be found here.

Former Marshalls Harware Store