A YEAR ago Kaylie Holloway decided to set up an internet business in a shed at the bottom of her garden.
It sold jars of sweets as well as hand-made bath products, and she called it Sweetheart Gift.
Now, just one short year on, 27-year-old Kaylie has opened a shop in Heidelburg Road, Southsea, selling traditional sweets in jars.
And she says that her business has taken off ever since.
‘I’m right in the middle of three schools, and the kids come in and tell me what they want,’ she said.
‘I always listen to them, it’s really important.
‘I have one girl who comes in who tells me if she doesn’t like something, but she’ll also ask around at school and make requests – they’ll always sell out.’
Kaylie has taken her internet site down temporarily in order to concentrate on the new shop.
She said: ‘I’ve got so many more products now, so I’m putting them all on the website and then what I’ll do is relaunch it just before Christmas with all the gifts on it.’
When Kaylie launched her business last year, she said she was overwhelmed with the support she got from local traders in and around Milton, where she lives.
And she said she is learning a lot from her new business neighbours in Southsea.
She said: ‘There’s a real feeling that we all must be in competition with each other, and we all hate each other, but that’s not the case.
‘We’re all so different here and every shop is unique in what it does.
‘We all learn from each other as well, and I really couldn’t ask for anything better. They’ve been brilliant.’