Tring’s Boma to close so owner Jane can start a new life in Devon

Boma in Akeman Street, Tring. Owner Jane Taylor is closing down to move to Devon.
Boma in Akeman Street, Tring. Owner Jane Taylor is closing down to move to Devon.

A gift shop with a twist will close its doors and the building turned back into a home.

Jane Taylor has already begun a closing down sale at Boma in Akeman Street, Tring.

The grandmother to seven is shutting the business - which offers arts, crafts and furnishings with an ethnic touch - after 13 years so that she can move to Devon to be closer to her family.

The entrepreneur had first tried to sell the business as a going concern.

“Having your own business is lovely I wouldn’t have changed it but it is fairly all consuming, it is with you seven days a week. That has been great but I suddenly need some time,” she said.

“I know it is the right time for me, I know if I don’t do it now I won’t do it. I have loved living in Tring but then I love the West Country as well. I fancy having a garden and keeping chickens.”

Jane purchased the building - then a house - 15 years ago and converted it into a shop with living accommodation upstairs where she resides.

In the past the building has been a general store. It has now been sold to a property developer and, subject to planning permission, will be converted into a home.

Jane said: “I have loved doing it. When I opened everybody thought it wouldn’t make it and 13 years later I’m still here.

“I’m excited about going forward but it is going to be a huge wrench when I do leave.”

Jane, who is also selling the shop’s fixtures and fittings, is expecting to close within the next few weeks.