Sunday 15 December, 2019

Nicola Ferguson battles tough times to succeed in the craft business

Nicola Ferguson first gained an interest in craft vending as a 16-year-old student at high school, when she would accompany her mom to operate a shop at the same craft market during the summer.

Nicola Ferguson first gained an interest in craft vending as a 16-year-old student at high school, when she would accompany her mom to operate a shop at the same craft market during the summer.

Nicola Ferguson has been operating a gift shop at the Kingston Craft Market for 15 years, a business she started on leaving Vauxhall High School.

She first gained an interest in craft vending as a 16-year-old student at high school, when she would accompany her mom to operate a shop at the same craft market during the summer.

As a young girl, Ferguson admired her mother’s dedication, and believed that setting up a craft shop for herself would be “promising and progressive”.

It’s a job she’s been doing ever since, adding that she wouldn’t have it any other way than to operate her own business.

But destruction struck last year April, when several shops, including Ferguson’s, was ravished by fire.  

Down but not out, Ferguson opted to take up a job as security officer in Kingston in a bid to sustain herself and earn money to reestablish her shop.

“It was very tough, but I had to find a way out. All I could think about is getting back my shop and taking care of my children,” said the 35-year-old Central Kingston resident.

Now that she’s back in business, Ferguson said she is looking forward to seeing more cruise ships dock at the Kingston Harbour, which is a stone’s throw away from the craft market.

 Video edited by Marlon Reid.

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