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This Corner Store Was Shut Down And Abandoned. Wait Until You See What One Woman Did With It


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There are dozens of corner stores in London with your typical bodega needs - snacks, milk, magazines and cat food. But, there's something special about this particular corner shop at 19 Wellington Row in Bethnal Green.

It's run by artist Lucy Sparrow. And everything in it, from the merchandise to the cash register, is made from felt.


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These chocolate cookies are filled with plush stuffing and hand painted to perfect detail.


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It's even made the front page of the shop's newspaper.


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The exterior of the shop is unassuming and had been vacant for years.


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Hardly the place you'd expect to see an art show. But Lucy saw its potential.


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She has the keys to the space, an abandoned launderette, for exactly one month.


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Lucy wants to raise awareness of the Great British “high street" and the importance in buying local.


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She raised the money she needed to rent and renovate the space through Kickstarter, the Arts Council and the Tower Hamlets Council.


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As you can see, the space needed a lot of work to get to the cuddly state it's in now.


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Lucy is also selling her shop's merchandise, like these adorable stuffed Coke cans.


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Everything in the shop was hand sewn by Lucy over the seven months of preparation for the exhibit.


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“I’ve barely left the house and when it’s unavoidable, I’ve been taking my sewing with me everywhere I go which has [sic] resulting in me sewing in some pretty weird places and getting strange looks from everyone," she wrote on her blog.


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Lucy describes herself as "sewing lives back together since 1986."


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The shop also seeks to engage the local community with various workshops.


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The workshops and sewing programs are especially catered toward people with autism and social anxieties.


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“[It’s] relatable, accessible art that’s relevant to them and their neighborhood and has been brought right to their doorstep,” Lucy says.


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Can't make it to London? You can virtually visit the corner shop online and pick up some felt snacks here.

Credit: Messy Nessy Chic

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