'We dared to live a dream': Rocky & Kook owners announce store to close next month

Kay and Ruby Lewis outside Rocky & Kook in Aylesbury
Kay and Ruby Lewis outside Rocky & Kook in Aylesbury

The owners of Rocky & Kook say they are 'devastated' that they will have to close the doors at their store next month.

The store, based in Temple Street, Aylesbury, specialises in vintage and retro clothing, shoes and other memorabilia and opened in 2016.

It is run by Kay Lewis and her daughter Ruby, with Daisy Bailes completing the team.

Speaking to the Herald about the news this morning Ruby said: "It is not a decision we have taken lightly but it is not logical to keep going if things are not working out.

"We love Aylesbury and we love our customers - we have really tried to made it work for the past four years but it has got to the point where it is just not viable to carry on."

In May 2016, Rocky & Kook told the Herald they were concerned independent shops in Aylesbury were under threat due to what they believed were 'unfair' business rates.

Ruby added: "Our rates have come down a bit over the past couple of years but I think it is just not a great time for small businesses.

"We don't blame any one person or organisation - it is just the nature of retail at the moment."

Rocky & Kook will close for the final time on Saturday April 27 but Ruby said they were planning events before then.

She said: "We want to go out with a bang and we hope to have an event with music and entertainment.

"It is sad that the shop has to close but we are grateful to everyone for their support."

On a personal note, Ruby can look forward to headlining Live in the Park in Aylesbury in August as part of the band Callow Saints.