Meet The Team
Find out where and how it all started, read the blog post here to find out more in an interview with Sharon.
Sharna joined Just a day in 2012 in a junior position and has been a real asset to the business. She now is successfully managing the store whilst Sharon is in Brides of St Peters. Sharna finds time to walk her dog and loves to go shopping for clothes.
Jaz who is Sharon’s daughter helps out with social media and ideas for the business. Jaz is currently mid way through her PhD at Nottingham University.
Emma joined us as a sales assistant April 2021 and is working 2 days a week with us. Her favourite clothes store is Hollister and enjoys interior design but most of all loves to spend time with her fabulous little boy “Archie”.
A Thank you
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.