Creative mum and daughter aim for award win

Rachel Meadows, right, and mum Kathryn Meadows at Katie's Garden in High Street West Sunderland.

Rachel Meadows, right, and mum Kathryn Meadows at Katie's Garden in High Street West Sunderland.

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A creative mum and daughter are hoping to become award winners just months after setting up a business.

Rachel, 27, and Kathryn, 52, Meadows have launched Katie’s Garden. It brings together vintage crafts and a tearoom in High Street West, Sunniside, Sunderland.

Sunderland Echo Portfolio nominess Rachel Meadows (right) and mum Kathryn Medaows in their crafty cafe Katie�"s Garden in High Street West Sunderland.

Sunderland Echo Portfolio nominess Rachel Meadows (right) and mum Kathryn Medaows in their crafty cafe Katie�"s Garden in High Street West Sunderland.

Now, just over three months after opening, they have been nominated for the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards in the new business of the year category.

Rachel said: “We wanted to do something that we loved and we found that there was a place in the market for crafting for people.

“Whether it is a single mum or a family, we are here for everyone to be comfortable and happy.

“We have worked extremely hard to create the concept of our business and are continually adapting the interior of our store and the theme for that month to keep the store and crafting projects fresh and new.

We wanted to do something that we loved and we found that there was a place in the market for crafting for people. Whether it is a single mum or a family, we are here for everyone to be comfortable and happy

Rachel Meadows

“We wanted to be continually reinventing ourselves to give our customers a new buzz on each visit in store.”

The business is a family affair as Rachel’s father-in-law James Lumley provides invaluable help behind the scenes, and her fiance Craig Lumley, has provided investment in the business.

There has already been a great selection of candidates for this year’s competition and there is still time for more to come forward before the deadline at the end of August.

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make to the city. Sponsors are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.

To put your favourites in the running, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk, e-mail lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the form in today’s paper.