About Us

our story

Hi, I’m Claire, owner of A Step at a Time and I work alongside my mum, Janice. Together we make a great team!

We have served our local community and surrounding areas for the past 4 years and are now looking to provide our five-star service within the whole of the UK and Europe.

The Reason Behind The Name…

A Step at A Time was launched in August 2015. It was a complete career change for myself, having worked as a Conveyancer in a busy firm of Solicitors from 1996 to 2008.  Sadly in 2008 my then husband Colin had to have open heart surgery and 11 weeks after he passed away. At the time I was pregnant with our second child. Colin did not get to meet his daughter.

Gabrielle entered the world in October 2008 and it was such a precious moment for us all. Unfortunately, we were dealt another blow, when at 4 days old, Gabrielle was diagnosed with Hypo Plastic Left Heart Syndrome (Half a Heart). My beautiful little girl grew her angel wings at 9 weeks old in December 2008.

Due to the circumstances, my mental health deteriorated and I gave up work to look after my son. I concentrated on rebuilding our lives that had been completely shattered. During this time of rebuilding our lives, we were dealt another difficult time when my son was also diagnosed with a heart condition. Life really did feel so difficult but we somehow found the strength to get through.

In time I met my now husband Tom and went on to have our daughter Ava.

My family have been a great help and supported me in setting up our Boutique.

The name of the shop comes from learning to take a Step at a time, and to not push yourself too much, especially after such a tragic loss. It’s taken me almost 10 years to get myself well and to be able to start living life again. My daughters memory lives on through the shop. Even in the logo, I have incorporated a rainbow (for our rainbow baby) and a butterfly for Gabrielle.

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Our team
Claire Delaney
Owner/Manager

Claire Delaney

Hi, I’m Claire, owner of A Step at a Time and I work alongside my mum, Janice. Together we make a great team! Prior to owning my own business, I was a Residential Conveyancer in a large law firm working 5 days a week as well as having a young family. My hobbies are Reading, Formula 1, Watching football, being…

Janice Delaney
Customer Service Manager

Janice Delaney

Janice has worked tirelessly throughout her life, raising a family and helping within a family business. Janice thought she had retired but generally finds herself at the shop most days helping out. Janice enjoys Dancing, Socialising, Travelling the World and most importantly being with her family

Testimonials

Gorgeous shop. Gorgeous clothes. Popped in today for a gift for a newborn and Claire was super helpful. Picked up some gorgeous little stocking fillers too. A must visit if you have little ones or are looking for a gift.

Minty Barlow

Just got my sons christening outfit from here and the service was outstanding! Very helpful and the best part was being able to try on the outfits also! Can’t wait to come back again and get some more outfits.

Kylie Hollingshead

Claire and Janice are amazing they couldn’t do enough for us when helping to select a Christening dress for my daughter couldn’t recommend this shop enough. Fantastic service and beautiful dresses.

Rebecca Gomes

After searching for months and months for the perfect christening outfit for my boy and failing dramatically I was introduced to this shop by a friend and the service from start to finish was exceptional! I found the perfect outfit within minutes and Claire was extremely helpful and knew exactly what size he’d be! The fit was beautiful.

Rachel Murphy

A wonderful shop and very helpful staff. Claire helped us find our daughters perfect christening dress! Went above and beyond to help us find the right one, never rushed us or pushed us into a decision, just very helpful and genuine! Definitely recommend this shop.

Natalie Smith

Loved coming here and buying my little girls christening dress and accessories! They couldn’t have been more helpful and allowed us to try all the dresses on which was so helpful when you’re unsure of size and style! We never felt pressured to buy anything and thought that the dresses are a fantastic price! We will deffo be coming back for her 1st birthday dress!

Laura Welsby

Excellent service and lovely ladies. We choose the most beautiful dress for our little girls christening. There was so many to choose from it was hard to pick just one! She got so many compliments on her dress, absolutely stunning. Thank you so much.

Beckie Whalley

Amazing shop! I have recently purchased my daughter’s christening gown and had the best customer service. When I ordered I was kept Informed the whole time and the dress was in the shop within a couple of days! Really great shop with some fabulous clothes!

Louise Schofield

Been into the shop this morning and fell in love with everything in there. Customer service from Claire and her Mum was excellent and can’t wait to come back already. Really love the items we bought and can’t wait for our princess to wear them. Can’t wait to return back.

Wendy Sneddon

I bought my daughter’s christening dress and all her accessories from here, everything was perfect and she looked amazing. The collection of dresses is fantastic and the staff couldn’t be more helpful in helping you choose what’s perfect for you. I’ve bought beautiful pieces from here before and will continue to do so. Beautiful shop couldn’t recommend more highly.

Emma Burt

Excellent in every way. Got some bits for my daughter’s Christening. Gorgeous clothes and the range of things for Christenings is spot on. Super friendly helpful service.

Sara McGeehan

I couldn’t wait to visit this shop was so excited I went on Saturday Claire is lovely and very helpful. Got lots of gorgeous clothes for boys and girls. I am so made up with the outfits I got and the hats are so different, people always asking where they from. Looking forward to my next visit got lots of lovely christening wear definitely going back for my daughter dress.

Kerry Mcgill

A beautiful collection of children’s clothing and first class customer service. Claire helped us choose the perfect christening outfit for our little boy – it was tough with so many gorgeous outfits on offer! As the christening was a few weeks away from the day we bought the outfit, Claire offered to hold back the next size up, which was brilliant.

Sarah Schofield

After reading some wonderful reviews on here, I visited Claire at the boutique a couple of weeks back. I traveled from Stockport approx 40-minute drive and I definitely wasn’t disappointed. I was searching for a christening outfit for my 6-month-old baby boy…. well what can I say, I was absolutely spoilt for choice. Claire was so welcoming and friendly. She helped me pick out the perfect outfit, a beautiful Sarah Louise Romper with matching hat.

Tracy-Anne Crossley

Came with a friend today to look for a christening dress for our gorgeous baby girl , the lovely lady could not of been more helpful. Nothing was to much to ask & her advise and recommendations helped choose the perfect dress. Loved all the other items in the shop , will defiantly be back nearer my boys birthdays

Sam Young

Today we went to this shop for a christening outfit for our little boy as it was recommended by a friend. The 2 ladies were really friendly and extremely patient and very helpful, they were happy for us to take our time in picking out the perfect outfit for our little one. Our little girl was entertained with the toys whilst we were busy picking an outfit, I would highly recommend a step at a time

Lisa Hook

Amazing service! Perfect clothes for my little one and staff were very helpful picking my son’s christening outfit

Sarah Bonney

I would recommend this shop to everyone as they have a great christening selection and also a lovely range of clothes and coats at a great price! We will definitely visit here again! Thank you for all your help today you were great.

Vicky Waldram

We visited the shop on Saturday to choose a christening dress for our daughter. There is so much choice in this lovely shop it was hard to choose just one dress! Claire and her mum were so helpful and my daughter was able to try the dresses on which was a lovely experience as Claire was so helpful! We have found our favourite children’s shop now and will be returning soon! Thanks for all of your help

Rachel Kimblin

I’ve been shopping here since it opened and it’s by far my favourite children’s clothes shop. It stocks the fabulous Mayoral brand which is amazing quality, the gorgeous Hatley Macs and just recently they have become a stockist for Blade and Rose. My boys have loved everything from here and my youngest was christened in one of their lovely boy’s christening outfits. They always get compliments whenever they wear their outfits and accessories from this shop. It’s a family run business and the level of customer care is astounding you will always be looked after by Claire and Janice.

Samira Jane Al-Obaidi

Came in to the shop today to be welcomed straight away by Claire. Had an idea of which dress I liked for my little girl. Very helpful, let me try dresses & take pictures to make my decision. Beautiful shop with lots of selection.Found the perfect dress in the end.

Katie Kidd

The dress we chose was absolutely beautiful and perfect for my little girl. Claire listened to what we wanted, and I wouldn’t have picked out our dress If she hadn’t of helped us. Beautiful shop and Claire was very professional, helpful and just lovely

Erin Hutchinson

Had a lovely experience finding a Christening dress for my little girl. Nothing was too much trouble and the ladies were so welcoming and friendly. A lot of beautiful dresses and a beautiful shop will certainly return and would certainly recommend!

Rachel Holgate

Have been here a couple of times and both times have had a wonderful experience. I bought my daughter’s christening shoes and socks from here and nothing was too much trouble – trying on different ones and sizes etc with no rush at all.

Nicola Steele

Visited the shop for the first time today, with my 6 month old baby boy. Very impressed by the lovely selection of clothes and fantastic, friendly customer service. It is rare to see such a great range of beautiful clothes suitable for boys (most places are very girly!). Used some self-restraint today and only came away with a couple of the Blade & Rose leggings but already planning my next trip!

Lucy Brazier

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