A tasty chocolate workshop will open its doors at Worden Park, offering tempting gift boxes, Easter eggs and other melt-in-the-mouth models.
Choco-Lotty is the brainchild of Penwortham entrepreneur and former Leyland Motors worker Sharlotte Bamber, who has taken over the park’s coffee shop from the council.
It is the first step in the council’s plan to entice businesses to invest in the award-winning park to create a wider range of activities and attractions for visitors.
An un-used part of the building has been converted into a workshop, while people will still be able to call in to the café for a brew, light refreshments and a sit down – with the added bonus of locally-sourced, Fairtrade chocolate on offer.
Sharlotte said: “When I set up the business three years ago, I said that I would love to move to Worden Park one day, and I’m delighted that it’s happened so quickly.”
Sharlotte has taken on three new staff, with the emphasis on giving young people a chance to develop new skills.
Her husband Paul will also be helping out while they assess the levels of demand.
“The last month has been tough,” she added. “But we’re almost there and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m really grateful to staff at the council, who’ve been a tremendous help, and I’d also like to thank the users of the park who’ve stopped by and been so supportive during the renovation.
“I look forward to seeing them again when we’re up-and-running.”
Coun Stephen Robinson, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for finance and resources, said: “This venture has the potential to be a real win-win scenario for visitors to the park, the council, and Sharlotte.
“We’ve been working very hard for quite some time to find ways of making better use of the buildings at the heart of the park, so this is an extremely exciting step for us.
“We welcome Sharlotte to Worden Park with open arms, and wish her and Choco-Lotty every success.”
Sharlotte is all set to open up for the first time at 10am on Saturday.
Core opening hours will be 10am to 4pm, and after an initial phasing-in process, there are plans to open up for seven days a week during the Easter school holidays.