A SOCIAL enterprise that has become a Ringwood treasure reopened at its new base in Christchurch Road on Saturday.
Deputy Mayor of Ringwood Barbara Woodifield gave the official seal of approval to TEDS, the Toy and children’s wear exchange and donate scheme, which is now operating from the former florist shop, Flower Talk.
TEDS, which has a firm following due to its parent-friendly facilities, has been built up by Dana Elsworth since it moved to the former Old Auction Rooms in 2012.
However, the enterprise was forced to close its doors after planning permission was obtained to demolish the site to make way for a block of flats.
Mrs Elsworth said she that while the new premises, which will house hundreds of children and baby items, are much smaller, the shop is “cosy”.
“Unfortunately due to our old building now having been demolished, TEDS has a very small compact-and-bijou shop,” she said. “However, while it is much smaller, it is lovely to be back in Ringwood and the shop is very cosy,” she added.
“We shall be offering our normal high quality toys, games, books, puzzles and clothing. We will have a baby section with some bottles, sterilisers and safety items, but due to lack of space we cannot now stock cots, toddler beds, travel systems and larger baby items.”
TEDS is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.