A Powys party supplies business has told customers that it will be shutting its town centre shop at the end of the month due to a "major" damp problem that has damaged stock.

Something Special at Rox-Ley's owner Kate Jones has emphasised that the Llanidloes-based business will not be closing but will instead be based at her home with all parties and events carrying on as normal, and future bookings "completely safe".

The shop in Long Bridge Street selling party supplies will close its doors as for the final time on Friday, May 31, with a closing down sale starting this week.

Kate told her customers last week that the decision to close the shop had not been taken lightly.


"I have exhausted all avenues of trying to keep the business open and providing a service to a community I love and thrive on helping," she said on May 3.

"Unfortunately, very soon I will be losing a huge part of my working area due to a major damp problem in the cellar that is creating a vile smell and causing my stock to become damaged.

"This in turn will give me no option other than to lose my top room to accommodate a balloon working area. If I did this, I'd have to reduce a huge amount of my stock to fit this into one room.

"Going forward it wouldn't be financially sustainable nor viable and feel I could not provide the service or needs to the local community and my customers I set out to achieve.

"I have met some amazing people in my time at the shop and have made some truly great and lifelong friends.

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"This will not be the end of Rox-Ley's as I am (or should I say Kevin Jones) is making provision for me to start working from home. I will be continuing with helium balloons for as long as I can, even after the shop closes and all balloon occasions/decor, glitter art parties and events will carry on as normal - so please don't be afraid to ask us.

"Even though a sad cloud hangs over me, I'm going to continue until May 31 providing you in the shop with my usual service. Sales of stock and furniture will commence shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for these.

"Thank you to everyone no matter how big or small you've contributed to my business since I opened. It has been immensely appreciated. I truly have loved every minute of it, and this is not how I wanted it to end at 12 Long Bridge Street - but onwards and upwards as they say!"