It was a busy day for one Shrewsbury store owner as she saw the ribbon on her first rebranded store before dashing to the second to do the same there! And shoppers were stunned to spot celebrity singer and actor Tony Christie!

Debbie Carvell bought her first Shrewsbury shop, Mystique Lingerie and Swimwear in 2019 and has now revealed the new name as Carvèll Lingerie and Swimwear.

The former teacher loved retail so much she then bought a second shop called Carol Grant which she has now revealed and officially opened as Carvèll on the square.

The store on The Square saw celebrity singer and actor, Tony Christie, cut the ribbon at 12 noon yesterday who then had photographs with shoppers as he showed his support for a second time in a matter of weeks as a friend of store owner Debbie and her husband Paul. Tony also attended the charity fashion show which was held as part of the celebrations in September.

Debbie and her staff then went to Carvèll Lingerie and Swimwear on the corner of Butcher Row where High Sheriff of Shropshire Mandy Thorn MBE DL cut the ribbon and officially opened the second store.

The two stores mean Debbie now employs nine members of staff across the two sites.

Both stores have undergone an external redecoration to bring the exterior of the shops in line with her new dual brand and have both had new exterior signage installed and new websites created as part of the rebrand project by Source in Shrewsbury.

Debbie, who spent 20 years in education as a school teacher before she left for the retail sector, said she wished to thank Tony and the High Sheriff for both giving up their precious time to support the official openings of her two stores.

“It has certainly been different but I believed if I could be in charge of hundreds of schoolchildren every day then I would cope with retail.

“I loved running the first store and when the opportunity came up to buy a second I didn’t hesitate.

“It’s long hours and it certainly isn’t nine to five like people may think but it is so rewarding. People come in for those special occasions – weddings and celebrations, holidays and so much more – and the clothes they choose with my team then hold memories forever.

“People deserve that experience whereby they feel special from the moment they walk in through the door.”

Debbie said she wasn’t put off by negative media headlines about the retail sector.

“Shrewsbury has so much to offer and we wanted to bring exciting brands which were missing in Shrewsbury to the town.

“The brands we’ve brought here mean people will stay and shop local and others will travel here for those specific brands too. We will keep the pound in the town and attract more spending from visitors from surrounding counties too.”

Debbie said it might not be the end of her retail acquisitions either and would definitely consider opening more stores in the town.

“It is a beautiful place to work and spend time with people. We love supporting our neighbours here in the town too so hold business meetings next door in La Piazzetta and the furniture we have in the store such as the sofa, for those who come for a rest whilst their partner shops, is from Pieces For Places which has also recently opened in the town.

“As much as I loved the education sector, I haven’t looked back and love shopping, choosing beautiful clothes for people and sending them off with a smile every day of the week – it is a very special job,” she added.

You can follow @Carvèllonthesquare on Facebook and Instagram and the new websites for the stores are and

Pictured: L-R Staff member Jenny Britton with singer Tony Christie and shop owner Debbie Carvell at the official opening of Carvèll on the square.

Pictured: L-R High Sheriff of Shropshire Mandy Thorn MBE DL with shop owner Debbie Carvell and staff member Karen Eaton at the official opening of Carvèll Lingerie and Swimwear.