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Shop goes sweet on childhood memories

PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:36 08 October 2016

Dan Pennell behind the counter at vintage sweet shop Sweet Peas in St Nicholas Drive, Caister.

Dan Pennell behind the counter at vintage sweet shop Sweet Peas in St Nicholas Drive, Caister.

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A vintage sweet shop is bringing back a flavour of times past with colourful confectionary weighed out and handed over in paper bags.

Waiting to serve customers in his traditional shopkeeper’s apron is Dan Pennell who is also a trainee barber at the hairdressers in the same building, Headmasters.

From his raised counter - made deliberately high so everyone feels like a child again - he will be supplying bon-bons, liquorice torpedoes and flying saucers among other sugary treats.

The sweet shop is the brainchild of Amanda and Daren Payne who have successfully run their salon at the collection of buildings in St Nicholas Drive in Caister for nine years.

But aware of the public’s desire to see an outlet more akin to the original mix of shops which served the 1970’s-built estate Amanda, 48, was keen to add something fun and community friendly.

Helping out in the Sweet Peas shop is Janet Peak who ran a newsagents on the site for 28 years, adding to the spirit of revival.

Amanda said research had revealed that liquorice toffees and sherbet lemons were among the retro favourites that people hankered after, reminding them of their youth.

To create the shop the couple have annexed part of the salon, which has had the added benefit of allowing them to expand the number of stations for the 11-strong team which is still growing with new beauty and hair treatments.

The enterprise is a family affair with Daren’s daughter Hannah also working in the salon and her partner Dan managing the sweet shop.

The 21-year-old said going from an “ordinary job” with Tesco mobile to training to be a barber and managing a sweet shop was an exciting challenge.

He said he would be guided by the public as to what sweets they wanted to see in stock, and that he was open to suggestions.

Meanwhile Amanda said there was a possibility they could move in to party and wedding favours.

She said: “It is all about reviving something and giving something back to the community.”

Pricing and quantity has been made easy with all varieties costing £1 for 100g, and youngsters can buy as much or as little they want and mix up their choices in one bag.

Advising on the candy-striped decor was 14-year-old Ellie Harber who will be working at the shop on Saturdays.

The opening times are 9am to 8pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and 9am to 3pm on Friday and Saturday.

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