THE final shop at a Denstone farm cafe shopping complex has been filled by an interior designs company.
Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe is now fully moved in to a 600 square metre barn conversion which measures four times the size of the farm shop’s former outlet, a converted milking parlour which opened in 2007.
The expansion has enabled owners Rupert and Emma Evans to convert the business’s former home into four separate retail units, making Denstone Hall a shopping destination in its own right and in turn has helped four start-up businesses get off the ground.
The final shop is set to be taken over by interior designer Beverley Taylor, of Uttoxeter.
Eley Taylor Interiors opened ealier this month selling curtains, blinds, lighting, painted furniture, as well as offering an interior design service.
Beverley Taylor said: “I have been a customer at Denstone Hall Café since it first opened and when I realised there was just one unit left I knew it was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Rupert and Emma have shown what is possible here and I’m looking forward to growing my own business alongside them.
“It means Denstone Hall has something for everyone now and has become a little retail shopping village in its own right.”
The other retail units are occupied by family-run Draycott’s Estate Agents, florist Mary May’s Flowers and Twine, a designer clothing business run by identical twin sisters.
Rupert Evans said: “We were tremendously excited when we first converted the milking parlour back in 2007 and thanks to our loyal customers - who have a real appetite for good quality, locally-produced food - our business has gone from strength to strength.
“So, we are thrilled that now our building is offering the same opportunity to four more new businesses, and hope all of them have the same success we did.
“It’s great news for our customers too – there are even more shopping opportunities here at Denstone Hall and hopefully there will be enough synergy between all five businesses to really make Denstone a destination in its own right.”
Gill Conroy, co-owner of Twine Clothing, said: “Business is going extremely well so far, we’ve been open a number of months so far and our customer base is growing daily.
“Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine it would go so well so soon and we are loving every minute.
“The special thing about the farm shop is that we don’t only have local people, but people come from far and wide to visit attractions such as Alton Towers so we have had people come in from all over the country.
“We see new faces every day.”
The new farm shop, which opened in October last year, seats 85 people and has extra shop space, an open-plan kitchen, a bigger butchery, an exciting new gift shop and a terrace offering views across the river.