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Old Town Hall in full use

Posted onPosted on 9th Mar

The final retail unit tenant at the refurbished Old Town Hall, Mansfield, has moved in.

Seamstress Suzanne Rawlinson, who specialises in bridal alterations and sewing classes, said she fell in love with the Mansfield District Council-owned premises when relocating her business, Oh Sew Suzy, from White Hart Street.

Suzanne joins Robins Return, an independent family-run business, selling personalised, unique and unusual gifts and interiors products, in the historic building, along with R&R Permanent Make-up Studio and Beauty Training.

The council’s Town Centre Management team and Halo Recruitment are also based inside the building, while Victoria Hallam Hair Boutique has an exterior unit.

Mansfield Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Oh Sew Suzy to the Old Town Hall, which has attracted just the kind of unique independent traders we want to encourage to Mansfield.”

Suzanne’s classes started nearly 10 years ago at Carr Bank Stables and then at the Faff Rooms in Mansfield Woodhouse, before moving to a small workshop on White Hart Street two and a half years ago. They are for all levels and abilities.

She said: “I’m very excited to join the other businesses already here in the Old Town Hall. It will be a wonderful place for bridal parties to come for their fittings, ready for their big day or people starting on their creative journey with sewing classes.

“The classes have been small for the last couple of years due to distancing restrictions, but the space I now have will mean that we can have more sociable classes where people can work together and share their ideas while they’re learning something new.”

She will be holding an open day at her new outlet towards the end of the month, when visitors will be able to call in to find more information regarding her services and classes. Details will be confirmed on Instagram @ohsewsuzy or Facebook @ohsewsuzy.

All the internal units at the Grade II listed Old Town Hall are now fully let, bringing the 185-year-old premises back into full use for the first time for more than 30 years after undergoing a £1.4m refurbishment programme in 2018.