Meet today's local trader, as the Leader celebrates the high street throughout July for Independent Retailer Month...

Name: Katy Duplock

Business: Dawnsio Dance

Location: 3-4 Earl Road, Mold

Telephone / website: 01352 756070 /

Opening hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday

When did you open and why?

Eight years ago.

Why did you open in this location?

I bought the party shop and this shop came with it. At the time it was selling children's fancy dress and had a little corner for dance wear.

Tell us about your business/what do you sell...

I knew there was a lot of dance schools in the area, so I employed a local dancer and rang around every dance school - with a lot of hard work and dedication.

I have a great relationship with dance schools in the area and the business has evolved slowly as a dance shop selling dance wear, gymnastic leotards and dance shoes.

The Leader:

What's your most memorable/proudest moment in business?

Local dance school Whitton Morris in Mold and Holywell asking me for the first time to supply costumes for a big show at Theatr Clwyd.

Have you had any strange requests/quirky suggestions or stories from customers?

I have children coming in and they get kitted out with the whole uniform and they're so excited, they end up crying because they need to take it off.

They end up going home with the lot on and then the parents tell us they slept in it all night.