Lesley’s sweet new business venture

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A chic boutique bakery is the icing on the cake for a Leyland grandmother who has turned a butty shop into an exciting new business.

Sweet Sugar Dimples officially opened yesterday.

The new venture, a boutique bakery on Stanley Road, Farington, has been launched by Lesley Smith.

Lesley, 53, of The Pines, Leyland, could not wait to get started in the first ever shop she has run and said it was a case of ‘now or never’.

“I’ve been doing cakes as a hobby and was doing it as a full time job before,” said Lesley.

“I saw on Facebook it was up for sale. It was a spare of the moment thing. I said if I don’t do it now, I never will.”

Lesley spent a few weeks cleaning and preparing the shop for the opening.

“It’s had a complete change in side. It’s still going to be a sandwich shop with a boutique bakery,” she said.

The shop, which Lesley is leasing, will sell the likes of cup cakes, cake jars, flap jacks and brownies, all home made.

But it will also be the base for her wedding cake business.

“I do wedding cakes and have got quite a lot of orders doing it from home,” explained Lesley. “I’ve built it up, going to wedding fairs.”

Lesley is a former cake decorator with Broughton-based baker Lathoms.

From school she worked at the FPC at West Cliff in Preston. Among other jobs, she was also a support worker at the Brothers of Charity Services Lisieux Hall in Whittle-le-Woods.

She will be helped in the shop by her daughter, mum-of-two Chloe, who is expecting her third child in September.

An excited Lesley is raring to get going with her new business.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “I feel like it’s a dream come true. People say ‘what’s she doing this at this time of life’, but if I don’t do it now I don’t think I ever will.”