BUSINESS is booming in Cheadle's indoor market after four new traders have pitched up stalls.
Beardy's Bathtime Delights, Good Times, Rowangrove and Curiositeez have all moved into Cheadle's indoor markets in High Street over the past few months, joining current traders Ventus Sports and Leisure, Bee Healthfoods, John Sutton Cheese, Mike's Miniatures, Gill's Candy Store, Simon's Cafe, Cheadle Cards and Amanda's Fascinators.
It is the first indoor market that has been completely full for a couple of years.
Emma Beardmore, aged 37, of Milton, has set up Beardy's Bathtime Delights as her first solo business venture.
Former administration clerk Emma wanted a change of career to work for herself and was inspired to set up a stall in the market by her cousin Clare Myatt, who runs Good Times.
She has been in the market for two weeks and has so far had a good response.
She said: "I went to visit Clare's shop and fell in love with the market.
"She told me that there was an empty c so I spoke to my husband Paul and decided to go for it.
"I just jumped in with both feet and so far it has paid off, touchwood.
"I sell body butters, shower gels, hand-made soaps which are all natural with no chemicals.
"I'm a bit of a cross between Lush and Body Shop, but cheaper.
"I am also offering gift baskets which can be mixed and matched, pre-done, or made to order."
Beardy's Bathtime Delights is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays from 8am until 4pm and some Thursdays.
Clare Myatt, aged 33, of Penkhull, runs Good Times, a gift boutique stall selling vintage homeware and "oldy-worldy" gift items.
It is the mother-of-four's first business venture and she decided to start a stall after being persuaded by her husband Ian.
She said: "My husband is a taxi driver and a bit of a Del Boy, he's always looking for an opportunity, so when he picked up Nicky from Bee Healthfoods one day, she told him there was an empty stall going on the indoor market.
"He took me to see it and I just fell in love with it; I've been here a month now and I still love it, it's such a great atmosphere.
"Everyone is really friendly and helpful, customers have been really nice and said they would recommend me to their friends and family.
"The great thing is it's flexible and there's no real risk because there's no contract."
Good Times is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm.
Jan Edwards, of Cheadle, set up Rowangrove a couple of months ago with friend and business partner Caroline Hill, selling natural health and well-being items such as incense, resins, tarot cards and healing crystals.
Jan has been a Reiki Master for 15 years and she and Caroline also offer guided meditation.
It is the first business she has run of this nature, having previously run a master locksmith business in Dorking, Surrey, for 20 years as Britain's first female locksmith.
She said: "I moved to Cheadle six years ago with my husband and it's a lovely area with great potential.
"I've always had an interest in natural wellbeing and health and I'm also a writer in science fiction horror.
"I've always had a fascination in Folklore and Plantlore is part of that, so I got into herbalism first and my interest progressed from there."
Rowangrove is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm.
Keith and Louise Harvey, run Curiositeez, an antiques, collectibles and militaria stall, as well as buying and selling gold and silver and doing house clearances.
They have been at the market for just under four months, having started the business as a hobby doing car boot sales and auctions at Moorville Hall, Uttoxeter and Leek.
Keith said: "We outgrew the car boots and instead of doing those three days a week moved to the market to do four days a week.
"I'm disabled and I can't work full time so the market is ideal for me.
"All the traders are very close and there's a real family atmosphere, with everyone helping each other out. It's great."
Curiositeez is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am until 4pm.