Beynur’s Tattoos Get Bigger!

Beynur’s Tattoos Get Bigger!

Beynur Kaptan is continuing to make quite an impact in the world of tattooing attracting top artists and picking up prestigious awards year by year. This successful local business has decided to expand. “We are leasing out what was the hairdresser’s shop next door, and joining the two shops together as one amazing studio,” said Beynur, as he showed me round the premises which will incorporate a small retail area selling custom-made jewellery, after-care cream,…

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New venture for new couple in Littleport

New venture for new couple in Littleport

It is always a brave gamble to take on a new venture like running a café or coffee shop, but the new proprietors of the Sharmans Coffee Shop, Martin and Trina Johnson, felt it was a risk worth taking as Littleport Life Magazine caught up with this hardworking couple. Martin’s catering background was working in management for a top pizza establishment in Peterborough, while Trina has been baking delicious cakes at home for many years…

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Steve and Vanessa celebrate 15 years running Riverside Caravan and Camping Park.

Steve and Vanessa celebrate 15 years running Riverside Caravan and Camping Park.

Vanessa tells Littleport Life how it all started! ‘We moved into Riverside in April 2002, taking an absolute flyer on making a living from running a caravan and camping park. Whilst we had caravanned and camped for many years, running our own business was a different story! We thought that being a customer for so many years would be good experience for us to know what customers want when they’re camping. But first we had…

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Store is Thriving

Store is Thriving

Number 1 Main Street, Littleport, was once Fred Brown’s Bridal Shop. But then two years ago it was transformed into a convenience store, Costcutter. Costcutter’s friendly proprietor, Thillaivarothayan Poopalsingam, says he’s no stranger to country life himself, having been born and brought up in a small village in Sri Lanka. “My brother-in-law has a corner shop in Cambridge, and he used to run convenience stores in both Soham and Waterbeach,” so I got an idea…

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Beynur’s Tattoos Get Bigger!

Beynur’s Tattoos Get Bigger!

Beynur Kaptan is continuing to make quite an impact in the world of tattooing attracting top artists and picking up prestigious awards year by year. This successful local business has decided to expand. “We are leasing out what was the hairdresser’s shop next door, and joining the two shops together as one amazing studio,” said Beynur, as he showed me round the premises which will incorporate a small retail area selling custom-made jewellery, after-care cream,…

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End of an Era

End of an Era

It was the end of an era for Littleport as we know it, when The Old Butcher’s Shop Café in Station Road, finally closed its doors on December 8th 2016. Before that, the actual butcher’s shop in Main Street had shut due to its proprietor’s retirement. Those two establishments that served Littleport so well, had been owned and run by that popular and hard-working couple, Andrew and Jenny Binks I caught up with them at…

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Pies, Pints and Puddings – the 3 P’s come to The Ship Inn, Brandon Creek

Pies, Pints and Puddings – the 3 P’s come to The Ship Inn, Brandon Creek

The Ship Inn at Brandon Creek has been successfully run by Father & Son hosts, Keith and Mark Thomas for nearly 5 years, serving their numerous Great & Little Ouse river customers and those residents from the main A10 corridor between Ely and Kings Lynn. They have now decided it is time for a renewed focus and a change of direction with their menus. They have achieved acclaim 2 years running as national runners-up in…

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Melanie Designs in Littleport

Melanie Designs in Littleport

I met up with highly gifted textile artist and tutor, Melanie Missin (Keating) living here in Littleport, who has taken quilting, fabric dyeing and sewing to another level. Melanie teaches at ‘Be Crafty’ in Ellington, and ‘Button Up and Stitch’ in Wisbech, and often gives talks for the WI. Melanie is also giving a two-day workshop in Kent and is due a visit to Romford Embroiderers Guild. Her work is proving so popular that people…

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Baynur’s Tattoo Parlour’s award winning artist

Baynur’s Tattoo Parlour’s award winning artist

Beynur’s Tattoo Studio in Main Street continues to pick up accolades in their popular and fashionable profession. For the second year running their talented young apprentice, Laura Weller, added to her ‘2015 The People’s Choice Award’ won in London at the Great British Tattoo Show, with the ‘2016 Best Black Work Award’ at Cambridge’s First International Convention, which Laura modestly felt she was “lucky to win”. Proprietor Beynur, a superb innovative tattooist himself, happened to…

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Littleport’s Sigma, Red Shoes Accounting and Fenland Spirit Services in the spotlight!

Littleport’s Sigma, Red Shoes Accounting and Fenland Spirit Services in the spotlight!

2016 turned out to be quite a year for Littleport’s businesses, and particularly for the Sigma Embroidery & Printing Company. In a surprise move, they swapped the smaller premises they occupied in Main Street for their neighbour’s larger retail outlet, the Bargain Centre, earlier in the year. This was a good one as it seems to have brought them more work, and recognition, not only for the good work they produce, but for their involvement…

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