Two dedicated mums have realised their dream to provide a creative new venue for local residents thanks to a little help from Blackpool Council.
Teresa Smith and Zowie Sinclair met while their children were at primary school and became firm friends.
And now, after a great deal of time, effort and research, as well as advice and guidance from the Council’s Get Started team – part of the Start Up Lancashire service supported by the European Regional Development Fund – they have launched a creative new shop at 51 King Street.
Sunnyside Crafts and Sweets, offers craft-related workshops for all ages as well as hosting workshops for businesses and other organisations.
They are also in the process of designing early years classes aimed at child minders who will be able to bring the children they look after into the venue to take part in fun craft activities which will help with children’s early development.
Teresa said: “This has been a long journey for us and it has not come easy.
“We both suffered health problems in the past making us unsuitable for jobs we may have both applied for. That is why we were so glad of the opportunity to realise our dream.
“The help of the team at Blackpool Council has been invaluable and we’re delighted to be open for business.”
And Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “It’s always very pleasing to see new businesses opening up in Blackpool.
“We’ve had great success in supporting small local businesses in setting up with more than 100 getting started last year.
“We want to continue that this year and we want people to know that, if they are a small business looking to setup in Blackpool, help and support is available.”
Teresa added: “We set up on May 10 and things are going well.
“We run all sorts of things for children arts, collage keep sake boxes and for adults too with such things as jewellery making.
“We do kids parties and we hope in the future to put on diversional therapy workshops for the elderly too.”