Our Story So Far...
Dear Grace is the culmination of 30 years in the retail industry. My career started in Colchester in the fabulous soft furnishing department at the Colchester Co-op. My career has travelled well, from Colchester to Sydney Australia, Maldon and now back to where it all began.
Spending my childhood between our family farm where i still live, my beautiful school in the Suffolk countryside and my Nan and Grandad's lovely little home, English country house style and a welcoming home were my early influences.
Strangely whilst living in Australia I fell in love with all things French Country. I believe Dear Grace is a perfect homage to both these styles
We are blessed to have been nominated for and winners of several awards including the being named Colchester Business Person of the Year.
1990 - Started job in leading soft furnishing department
1992 - Became department supervisor
1999 - Moved to Australia and first store opened
2010 - Returned to the UK and opened what is now Dear Grace
2012 - Expanded to a larger store
2014 - Opened the styling and design side of the business
2018 - David joined the business and we relocated to the city centre
2018 - Launched our online store
2019 - Voted 'Favorite Location'
2020 - Winner of two national awards.
2020 - Voted Best Lifestyle or Homeware Retailer of Gifts
2020 - Expanded the current store to incorporate a showroom alongside a design and styling department
2021 - Moved our online and shop storage to our new purpose built 5,000sq ft warehouse.
2021 - Finalist in The Muddy Stilettos awards
2022 - New website launch
2022 - Announced as Colchester Business Person of the Year