A gift and lifestyle shop in Stevenage High Street is preparing to permanently close at the end of March, due to "increasing costs and changes".

The owner of Blush, Maisie, explained: "It is with such a heavy heart that I have come to the decision to close the doors of our Old Town shop at the end of March.

"The journey so far, it has been such a dream, and I couldn’t thank you enough for all your support and loyal custom over the past year.

"Unfortunately, much like so many other small businesses, the past months have been very challenging, with increasing costs and changes.

"While we are saying goodbye to our physical shop, this is not a goodbye! We - myself and my mum Amy - will be solely focusing on Blush online, to bring new and exciting products more frequently.

"It’s been a very tough decision but, for now, this is right for us and our family.

"Thank you again for your continued support, and we hope to continue this journey with you."