A Leyland mum is opening a new cafe in the town centre to give fellow parents a place to meet new people whilst their children play.
Amanda Calwell, 34, and her husband Will, 32, from Leyland Lane, have taken over the former Bean Drinking coffee shop on Hough Lane and transformed it into a cafe which incorporates a safe-play matted area for youngsters.
Peek a Brew is due to open within this next week, and the couple, whose background is in youth work, also want to offer the space to local groups and clubs to use in the evenings.
Mum-of-two Amanda said: “The reason we’re doing this is because of the children.
“When I was on maternity leave the first time with my son Leon, I felt quite isolated and I didn’t meet too many people.
“I was struggling to breast feed and I was tired, so I didn’t get out of the house much.
“Then with my daughter Emily, I managed to meet a group of friends, and we would just spend all day in coffee shops with the babies.
“But as the kids got a bit older, they became restless, and we felt as though we had to take them home to play.
“After Will and I both took voluntary redundancy last year, we decided we wanted to start our own business, and I came up with the idea to create a place which is comfortable for parents to eat, drink and relax, and for the children to enjoy playing with each other, colouring and playing with toys.
“We’re also breast-feeding friendly, and I like to think I could offer advice for people about where to turn for support in parenting issues, given my background in youth work.
“We want to become really involved in the community, and we’ve created quizzes for the children and a little treasure hunt around the town which families can do together and win prizes.”
Amanda is also keen to host private parties, and is looking for suggestions from local societies who may want to use the premises for meetings.
She said: “A Warhammer games group has already been in contact, and someone has suggested we hold baby pilate classes.
“We’re open to any ideas at the moment.”
She added: “This is an ideal location for us too.
“I did everything I could to get this place as soon as I saw it was available.”