Extract from the Teme Triangle, May Edition
Visitors were pleased to see The Den café reopening (see front cover pic below). Owner Steve Parker explained:
“To keep our customers nice and dry we’ve given our outside terrace a fab makeover, including gazebos and dining on the covered deck outside our retail units, plus open tables for sunny days. Please call or message us to book. We can’t wait to welcome you back!”
With non-essential retailers allowed to re-open their doors in mid-April, all twelve of the independent shops and service providers at Mill Farm Country Retail in Stanford Bridge are now open once again. The popular local shopping hub includes The Den café bar, Tasty Meats butchers, Bailey’s of Stanford farm shop, Lottie’s Eco bamboo clothing, Mrs Best Paper Co. card and gift shop, Aiveen Interiors interior design and store, La Brocante pre-loved and new furniture and homewares, La Bulle leather handbags and womenswear, Angel Gardens garden centre, The Parlour hair salon and Pure Thyme Wellbeing & Beauty.
As an essential retailer, Angel Gardens, which marks its third anniversary in May, was one of those able to stay open during lockdown.
“We’ve been lucky to be able to stay open in recent months and have done excellent business,”said owner Louise Mawditt.
“For example, we delivered 27 pallets of compost in only three months last summer! We’re also proud to have been selected as one of only five garden centres in the region to still stock David Austin roses this season, following a shortage because too few plants could be potted at the start of the pandemic last spring. We’ve added a second polytunnel too.”
Pure Thyme Wellbeing & Beauty is one of the providers to re-open in April. Owner Julia Haywood said:
“Thank you Teme Triangle for supporting our community for 20 years! We are so pleased to be back open, offering a range of complementary and beauty therapies. For information on thetreatments we offer please visit our website www.purethyme.co.uk or give us a call.”
Alexandra Winnington from handbag specialists La Bulle also confirmed:
“It’s wonderful to see the re-opening of La Bulle; and also of La Brocante, which has the same owner, and has increased in size to now occupy the previous fitness studio area opposite.”
Aiveen Atkinson, creative director of interior design studio Aiveen Interiors, added:
“We collectively have all worked so hard to pull this together for the re-opening at Mill Farm. I wish everyone success!”