A BASINGSTOKE couple realized their long-term dream of starting a business by starting their tackle shop in Chineham.
Angler’s Hideaway Ltd, an independent store run by husband and wife Steve and Kim Farthing, has opened in Chineham Shopping Centre.
The couple previously sold fishing tackle at Sunday car boot sales.
With the new store open from November 6, Steve runs the business full time and Kim joins him on weekends.
Kim said it was a dream moment come true as they opened their independent business in town.
“We set up our car trunk sales in April 2021 and have been growing ever since,” she said.
“We finally realized our dream of opening a store in November.
“We are the only independent tackle shop in Basingstoke since Bato Baits closed in 2018.”
Steve also said the past five weeks have been really exciting.
“We’ve been really busy, and busier than we thought,” Steve said.
“A lot of people fish in Basingstoke. But there are still a lot of people who haven’t heard of us yet.”
Steve and Kim love to fish.
“I’ve been fishing since I was 15 and now I’m 53,” Steve said.
Previously, he was a truck driver and got into the fishing business as he realized he wanted to change careers.
Kim added that Angler’s Hideaway Ltd sells major brands such as Nash, ESP, Drennan and Korda.