Workshops bring added experiences to St Albans gift shop

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

With the summer festival season now underway, a St Albans interiors and gift shop was ahead of the game with its latest workshop.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

Award-winning Cositas, on Holywell Hill, has been running a range of creative classes since 2017, and the latest lesson focused on making festival head-dresses.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

The workshops started off with owner Emma Bustamante teaching furniture painting, but there have since been more than 30 different workshops led by 15 different people.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

Emma explained: "We love supporting small businesses to make a living out of their passion.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

"The experience market is really strong, with mindful activities for a group of like-minded people becoming increasingly popular for a night out, hen party or corporate team building event.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

"I think offering experiences is the secret to keeping the high street alive and love the community that we've built around them. The workshops play a huge part in the success of Cositas and we love how well they have been received."

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

The festival head-dress workshop was run by Sara Galan of Pompones, who makes bespoke headpieces to match any outfit, and she also runs sessions themed around Halloween, Christmas and other special occasions.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

For further information visit www.pompones.co.uk, and for details of future workshops see www.Cositas.co.uk

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones.

A festival head-dress workshop at Cositas in St Albans run by Sara Galan of Pompones. - Credit: Archant