MOVE over Willy Wonka, for a mum and daughter duo are hoping that their new business venture is nothing short of a sweet success.
Sweet-toothed pair Katy and Sue Collins are living every child’s dream having opened up their very own confectionery shop called Sweet Escape - and you don’t need a golden ticket to enter.
Stacking shelves full with mouth-watering sugary lollipops, fizzy goods and retro sweets as well as homemade chocolates, smoothies and hot drinks, the family-run business has proved to be more than a guilty-pleasure for customers coming through its doors in Doncaster town centre since its grand opening on Friday.
The launch was an even more sweet moment for 27-year-old Katy who decided to take the plunge and set-up her own business with Sue, 53, after being made redundant imn April from her admin assistant job at North Doncaster Development Trust.
“I have always wanted to open a sweet shop and everything seemed to fall into place,” said Katy, who lives with her mum in Fothergill Drive, Edenthorpe.
“I just thought it was the perfect time to go for it and open the shop I’ve always wanted to.
“We saw a gap in the market and thought that if we didn’t do it now then we would be missing a perfect opportunity.
“Everybody loves sweets so we’ve tried to stock the shelves with as many traditional sweets as we could.
“We’ve got big plans to expand what we offer and cater for special occasions such as birthday parties.”
To help open the brightly-coloured shop in Silver Street, the new business owners invited along Pedro the Clown, complete with juggling sticks, and Freeman of Doncaster Roger Tuby.
The pair plan to stock more than 100 types of sweet and become the largest sweet shop in South Yorkshire.
Katy, who had planned to become a teacher after completing her university degree, added:
“It is never easy opening your own business but we’ve had such a great response from people.
“Customers who have already come through the door have been saying that the shop looks great and it’s what Doncaster needs.
“We’re so happy with the feedback we’ve been getting.”