THE OWNER of a Highbridge arts and crafts shop said it is 'thriving' and they are introducing more art groups just three months after it opened in the town.

Create You opened in Highbridge’s Market Street in November last year and prides itself on working with the community for the community.

The shop, which is owned by Leila Browning, sells art supplies and hosts individual and group art and craft sessions for people of all ages and abilities.

Leila, who runs the shop with her friend Jenny Fox, said she was inspired to open the store after finding art helped her mental health and demand has grown so much that they are planning to introduce more classes this Spring.

A spokesperson for the shop, said the team is 'firmly established' in their new store and have had a busy few months hosting classes.

"We are still utilising our ethos of art for the community and as therapy, a valuable ‘time out’ in our increasingly hectic society for adults, a coming together of people sharing a fun and sometimes new experience," the spokesperson said.

"We also believe it’s a valuable time for children, time for children to be away from screens and hands on with art and craft activities whilst interacting with their peers.

"This is why we are busy establishing groups and courses appealing to everybody; men, women and children alike. We are very fortunate to be able to draw on a wealth of local experienced and qualified talent to offer a very wide range of creative activities."

The spokesperson said the shop has new sessions planned when the schools break up for half term including two Magical Nature workshops on February 20 and Children's Beading on February 21.

The shop will also be launching two new children's groups - a weekly group for home educated children starting on February 25 which will run from 10am until noon and from March 5 they will be running a weekly group called Art for Autism to help autistic people to be creative.

"For adults, we have a wide selection of courses and workshops already running and new offerings will include an eight week practical course, Introduction to Art, a full day Embroidery Workshop, pyrography (decorative wood burning) sessions, a digital art course, printing, felting, creative writing, the lists goes on," the spokesperson said.

"We also welcome suggestions, so if there’s something you always fancied trying your hand at, let us know, and we’ll see what we can rustle up.

"We are also planning to offer team building creative activity days for businesses and beading activities for hen groups – making something to wear at your very own wedding. It doesn’t come more special and personal than that."

For more information search for Create You on Facebook.