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Closed store aims to relaunch online platform

Online focus: the & Partners storefront has closed, but the business is looking to relaunch its online platform in the spring (Photograph by Meredith Andrews Photography)

Hamilton store & Partners intends to relaunch as an online business next year.

The boutique shop in the Vallis Building on Par-la-Ville Road, near the junction with Front Street, was run Andrea Sundt and her husband Peter Lapsley. It closed its doors a few weeks ago, four years after opening.

It was focused on designs, gifts, and jewellery made by Bermudian, Scandinavian, American and Australian designers.

The couple said: "We made the decision to pause & Partners and close our bricks and mortar space for a number of reasons, one was Covid and the lockdown, we were also finishing the intensive Ignite entrepreneurial programme and were expecting our first child in May 2020.

“We decided that in light of all of this and for the next steps in the business we needed to take a step back and reimagine our operating model, creating something that would work for us, our vendors and the challenges of a Covid/post-Covid economy.

“And while we are currently taking some time to adjust to parenthood we will be relaunching in the late spring of 2021 with primarily online offerings supplemented by short and medium term pop up shops focussing on local artisans."

The article has been updated to include an extended quote from the owners.

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Published December 29, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated January 01, 2021 at 1:22 pm)

Closed store aims to relaunch online platform

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