About Corkys Den
Hello, I’m Jane the founder of Corkys Den, married to Ian, and a mum to 3 gorgeous girls (Issy, Anya & Poppy) and also a grandmummy to beautiful Theo!
I’ve been “crafty” from a very early age, starting at the age of 13 making teazle dollies and selling them for charity. I think nearly every household in my home town of Royton had one at one point! It certainly felt like it, staying up in to the early hours with my mum and dad making them!
After many years of being a Bank and a Corporate Manager, I decided I was more passionate about using my creative talents, more than my corporate ones, so I started on the magical road of making teepees.
“Corkys Den” came about, after my wonderful dad (Eric Cork) died very suddenly from a heart attack and as he was the last remaining “Cork” in the family, I wanted to do something in his memory and continue with his name (my maiden name). My mum Anne is absolutely amazing and a real inspiration, she has helped and supported me every step of the way with my business.
Every deluxe teepee package includes a very special elephant in memory of my amazing dad, and of course we decided to call him “Corky”! Corky needed a playmate so naturally she had to be called “Annie” (after my mum!).
After a period of making all the teepees at home, it became necessary to move into some premises – storing all the cushions, poles, Corky & Annies along with all the beautiful fabric was a definite challenge, and we moved (2.2.16) into the Old Co-op Building in Widnes, we absolutely loved it there – our very own little “Corkys Den”!
We were extremely lucky to find some wonderful ladies (and men!) to help with the making of the teepees. I couldn’t have got this far without them and appreciate all their hard work, support and friendship they have given so far.
We are also a disability friendly employer, and are registered with “Disability Confident Committed” scheme, as several of our staff are disabled.
However a year later, we had out grown our new home and a hunt for new premises commenced! We moved into our new premises (Unit 24, Widnes Business Park) on 1.8.17, and have made it a wonderful workplace for Corky, Annie and all our creative elves.
We have some exciting times ahead, we launched our Fabric Shop in 2018 and are always looking to expand our portfolio more – so watch this space!
We always welcome calls and messages from customers, so if there is anything else you would like to know or discuss, please feel free to get in touch!