Local MP Edward Timpson officially opened St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice’s new Nantwich creperie, ice cream parlour and old fashioned sweet shop on Saturday.
Swirly Whirlys, based at 6 Pillory Street, opened its doors at the weekend, and three and half years after the initial idea was discussed at St Luke’s, the innnovative new store was an overwhelming and tasty hit with local shoppers.
Shoppers enjoyed a mouth-watering array of freshly cooked crepes and explored the fabulous new venue, which is already proving to be a hugely popular addition to the Nantwich high street.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Mr Timpson was on hand to cut the ribbon alongside Town Councillor and life-long St Luke’s supporter Norma Simpson who congratulated the hospice’s staff and volunteers on all their tireless work.
Over £6,200 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors every day, and the majority of that money is found through fundraising and donations.
As he opened the store in front of a packed crowd, Mr Timpson said: “I'm sure so many of you here today have a personal connection to St Luke's or know someone who has.
“We're so very fortunate to have St Luke’s right on our doorstep. I have visited the staff and families and the comfort and professional resources given to those in deep need of security and care is inspiring.
“To open a new shop nowadays you have to be creative, and I think this wonderfully playful shop will bring the inner child out in every adult.
“This store is a great addition to our high street and a wonderful opportunity for local people to show their support.”
Three and a half years ago the store was a vision of St Luke’s commercial director Andrea Ladeira, who said on Saturday: “To see this become a reality is an amazing feeling and it would not have been possible without the determination, dedication and sheer hard work of all the St Luke's staff and volunteers.
“Their tireless efforts over the years, and especially during the past months, to make this opening possible reflect the amazing spirit we have at St Luke's.
“I'm delighted to say Swirly Whirlys is now open and it's my pleasure to invite the people of Nantwich to come, enjoy themselves and support the cause. “
To celebrate the launch there was a fun-packed outside broadcast from local radio station RedShift Radio while the Sunshine event chef bear and face painters were on hand to keep youngsters thoroughly entertained.
The new child-focused luxury craft café is a feast for the eyes and the senses. Aimed at children, their parents and grandparents, the historic three-story building encompasses a luxurious traditional sweet shop where children can indulge in a treat to eat, while parents can relax and also enjoy wonderful food. There is a fabulous craft studio incorporating a party area, plus throughout the store you’ll find plenty of wonderful gift ideas.
Stylishly designed with a vintage theme, the store incorporates a crêperie, ice cream parlour, café area, old fashioned sweet shop, craft floor and children’s party area.
To find out more pop along any day for an indulgent treat.
Nantwich councillor Norma Simpson added: “I wish all the staff and volunteers at St Luke's a long, lovely and lucrative future in our historic town.”