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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Former antiques shop in Carlisle to reopen as therapy centre

A former antiques shop in Carlisle’s historic quarter is reopening as a therapy centre.

Kassi Martin photo
Kassi Martin

The premises on Abbey Street has been granted planning permission to convert the first floor – currently used as store rooms – into a centre for counselling, reiki, Indian head massage and for confidence courses.

Kassi Martin, from Gretna, is setting up the business, named The Tranquil Space.

She’s an accredited counsellor and used to work for psychological services for the NHS in Carlisle, Dumfries and Newcastle before taking the plunge to become self-employed two years ago.

“I’ve been working in creative therapy for the past eight years,” she said.

“The business is aimed at professionals who care: nurses, teachers, doctors, social workers, counsellors, foster carers, physiotherapists and alternative therapists but everyone is welcome.

“I feel very lucky to be opening in Abbey Street; it’s a lovely part of Carlisle.”

City councillor Elsie Martlew welcomed the news.

“Abbey Street is a lovely street with excellent independent retailers,” she said. “I think it bodes well for the future, a new business opening. It’s good to see diversity in the city too.”

She added: “Every unit that opens is a bonus for Carlisle.

“We’ve seen so many shops closing during the recession so this is good news.”

The existing shop on the ground floor of the building will sell crystals, meditation CDs and skin products.

All-day relaxation sessions are planned for small groups on Saturdays.

Grant Etheridge, who runs Northern Vacuums on Abbey Street, says it will be good for all businesses in the area.

“It’s like a domino effect,” he explained. “Each business helps to feed other businesses.

“We’ve seen too many businesses failing in recent years.

“We certainly need new businesses in Carlisle, the more the better. As long as they’re not selling washing machines, of course.”

Kassi is already using the space, at 40 Abbey Street, for some of her work but will be fully operational very soon.

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