A LONG-running arts and crafts shop in Kidderminster is set to close after 14 years of trade.

The Treasury Craft Shop in Park Lane will close its doors on May 2, after the independent store first opened in 2005.

Patricia Onslow-Jones, and her late partner David Scott, originally opened their shop in Coventry Street, but moved after a fire destroyed the premises and stock in 2007.

After the fire, they traded on the market before opening the current craft shop on Park Lane in 2008.

The store stocks paper craft, multimedia products, paints, scrapbooks and also holds weekly craft classes and workshops, teaching techniques and product knowledge to a number of guests.

The shop has also seen a number of crafting celebrities, including John Lockwood, who gave classes in store.

Shop owner Patricia, who now lives in Halesowen, feels that the workshops provided "healing" to those dealing with mental illness, and that this is one of the main "successes" of the business.

She said: "Many long lasting friendships were formed at the classes held weekly and I know it's been a lifeline to many who have suffered mental illness as it's been a great distraction as creating has helped heal.

Patricia will still be carrying out paper craft shows at the National Motorcycle Museum.

She added: "The shop came about by a hobby I was enjoying, and Kidderminster didn't have an independent crafts shop at the time."

"We wanted to give something back to the community.

"I will miss the customers and the community, It's been my life for the last 14 years.

"I would like to thank all the customers for supporting the business over the years and my personal life."

The store will have a closing down sale following the Easter holidays.