When two local girls met at a thriving Newcastle market, one selling ladies clothing and the other leather products, little did they know that a new business was in the making..
"At first, we didn't really talk to each other but after always getting placed next to one another, we soon became good friends and started to notice how good our products looked together," Began one half of Cactus & Co Karina.
After constantly being asked at markets 'where is your shop located' the duo decided to take the plunge.
" I think that's when the seed was planted, we said let's do this, let's take it to the next level. After a few months of searching we found the perfect little shop and we still can't wipe the smile off our faces,." saysAmanda.
"We have a love for fashion, but more importantly, we love the chilled, coastal lifestyle, and this is reflected in our style and pieces throughout our store." Comments Karina.
As finalists in the awards, it's fair to say that Cactus & Co seem to have hit the mark with shoppers. The store is known for its timeless, feminine prints, a gorgeous range of clothing, leather handbags, wallets, jewellery and accessories.
"We hand pick every collection, to bring pieces that will effortlessly fit into their wardrobe whilst giving them something they will love to wear for years to come!." The pair agreed.
Cactus & Co aims to be a true lifestyle boutique that is comfortable, chic and affordable.