Friends prove a sweet pair as they open up shop

By Antony Clay | 30/03/2017

Friends prove a sweet pair as they open up shop
Owners of the Goodies sweet shop at Wath: Gina Maltby (left) and Rachel Foreman. 170521-1

TWO friends are set to bring a sweet dream to life by opening their own shop.

Gina Maltby (27), from Manvers, and Rachel Foreman (21), from Bolton-on-Dearne, will be opening up their new premises on Wath High Street on Saturday.

The pair have invited Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey to do the honours at Goodies Sweet Shop and Party Supplies.

The friends met while working at a Goldthorpe warehouse and decided that they would prefer to go into business for themselves.

Gina said: “It’s me and my best friend. We decided we wanted to set up in business together. We decided out of the blue.”

The pair initially decided to sell party bags for parents holding children’s parties but then thought about a sweet shop after seeing an empty premises.

When they found the right site to bring their idea to life they decided to make it as colourful as possible to catch the eye of passers-by.

Gina said: “There are a few shops that have closed down in Wath so we thought it needs brightening up on the High Street.

“There are different sweet shops that are going for the vintage look so we thought we would have lights and make it exciting for the customers, make it an experience.

“We are aiming at everybody.”

The shop will include a pick and mix section, an American section, party bags and even bouncy castle hire.

There will be a raffle launched on the open day to help a friend’s daughter battle cancer, which will be followed by more raffles in the future to help good causes.

The brightly-decorated shop will be officially opened by Mr Healey on Saturday during a launch party from 11am.

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