Students at Grantham College are gaining retail skills and experience through running a shop based at the college, in Stonebridge Road.
Little Gems originally opened in September 2010 and has gone on to do so well that it has expanded into the reception area of the college.
Students in first level learning run the shop. They are involved in the day-to-day activities of running the shop including ordering stock, sales, serving customers, handling money and displaying the products in an eye-catching way.
Little Gems sells a wide variety of gifts including jewellery, cuff links, tea light holders, scarves, gloves, handbags and trinkets. A variety of decorative hanging baskets in different shapes and sizes are available throughout the year with plants grown and produced on the college campus by the first level learning horticulture group.
Stock for Christmas is due to arrive from the end of October and will include cards, decorations, gifts and wreaths which proved to be highly popular last year.
Many products sold in Little Gems are produced by local artists.
Little Gems is open to the public Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm during college term time.