Sharna started at Just a Day in 2012 at the age of 17. Starting an apprenticeship in retail, she soon realised that the job was far from normal retail. Now at 22 Sharna is the Assistant Manager and can do almost every job that needs doing in the shop, she says her least favourite job is the bins, but enjoys every aspect of the job especially the paperwork side. When not at work she loves shopping for clothes and also going to the cinema. She says “the job is nothing like she expected and is better than she ever dreamed
Meet Sylwia who started with us in 2015. You will meet the lovely Sylwia when you need to have you beautiful gown altered to perfection. She knows just where to make that little adjustment to make the gown feel that extra special. She loves Rock Music and enjoys running but we obviously keep her very busy during the wedding season.
Meet Jaz, who is currently studying at the University of Nottingham but finds time to keep our blog interesting and full of information. She also keeps the new website up to date with events, plus helps with our busy social media pages. Her favourite clothing range is Seasalt and she really enjoys visiting historic buildings. We often wonder how she finds the time to fit everything in!
Meet Kayleigh, who is a new member of staff at Just a day (Jan 2018). She is currently studying a BA (hon) degree in Events management at the University of Suffolk and previously studied an Arts Foundation Course for a year at Suffolk New College. Kayleigh works in the shop part time doing various tasks including planning our Events.
On a personnel note, Kayleigh loves to travel and in 2017 visited New York, Budapest and Amsterdam. Where to next? She loves to shop at Urban Outfitters and eating out at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall.
Find out where and how it all started, read the blog post here to find out more in an interview with Sharon.
Meet Mr Studley Diaper, this man answered the call of his daughter Sharon in 1993 when she had a business idea. A business plan was put together and he came up with the finances to support the start of Just a day. When the business out grew its premises in Little Clacton and moved to Ipswich again he came up with financial support. In return Just a day supported Sharon’s mum and dad through their later years with an income. Sharon says “her father kept her well grounded on money” and until he become poorly he always helped with the decorating and various odd jobs that needed doing. Sadly on 9th December 2016 Sharon’s father passed away after an illness aged 76.
Sharon opened Just a day Little Clacton 1st April 1993 and within 6 months by chance she met Laarni Byrne who had just arrived into the local area with her two young daughters, Annie and Paula. It soon became very obvious that Sharon had come upon one of the most talented women she had ever met and very quickly in the tiny shop Laarni was starting to design and make couture wedding gowns, bespoke to the brides needs. Sharon would work with the bride designing and making sure all requirements and exact measurements were taken and then it would all be taken to Laarni. Laarni never met the bride, she preferred to just get on with it. Her favourite saying was “dont worry, it will all be ok”. And, believe it or not, it always was ok. When Just a day expanded and grew the need for couture was not needed and Laarni went on to offer an amazing alteration service, again never meeting the bride but working off Sharon’s instructions. For 23 years Sharon and Laarni saw each other every day except holidays. Laarni went on to have 2 more girls Emily and Hannah and was an amazing mother to her 4 girls, who often had to wait for numerous things whilst wedding gowns were finished. Early 2016 Laarni became poorly and had to stop sewing and very sadly Laarni passed away on 17th August 2016. Sharon says “I still miss her and not only did I loose a dressmaker, I lost a friend”.
My husband. We met and I didn’t have a wedding shop! He has put up with the moaning, the stress, sitting at home at 10pm and saying “OMG, I haven’t turned off the steamer and I need to go back to the shop” (40 minutes drive away), or “OMG, I didn’t lock the back door and having to go back!”.
Being late home for my dinner because a bride kept me late…
Please, will you come and paint the fitting rooms…
One of the hanging brackets has come loose, will you come fix it…
The list is endless to what I have put my husband through. But, we have been together 30 years in 2018 and married 20, and he has been a massive part of Just a day and I thank him for that. If my brides Love their new husbands as much as I love mine, then they truly have found love.