Audlem Online is running a series of occasional articles about local businesses in the village, focussing initially on ones that have recently changed hands. Earlier this week, we featured the Mill shop: now it's the turn of the Salad Bowl.
Vernon and Debbie Miles took over the Cheshire street shop in December. They had lived in Hatherton some years ago when they came to know and love the Audlem area. They then moved to Wistaston but have always been keen to move to Audlem. Taking on the Salad Bowl is quite a career change for them too: Vernon was previously a printer and Debbie works in property and mortgages.
They have many plans for their new business, including the opening of the Salad Bowl Coffee Lounge with two rooms alongside the existing shop, one looking out on the village centre, the other out on to the rear garden. The coffee lounge will feature hand-made cakes, sandwiches, quiches, home-made soup, home-made clotted cream scones and a full range of coffees and teas. They hope to have the business open for mid-summer.
In the existing shop, they will continue to focus on fruit and vegetables, an expanded deli counter and bakery goods, the fresh fish service, made-up fruit baskets and fresh flowers – with bouquets to order.
They plan to introduce many new ranges and, wherever possible, they will use local suppliers – these include local yoghurts and cream from Guernsey herds; a range of hand-made cakes to complement the current Chatwin's range; Tracklements olives and deli lines; and fresh salads and fruit alongside the already popular freshly prepared sandwich service. They plan to expand the existing ranges too with, for example, additional vegetable lines such as butternut squash, sweet potatoes and fresh herbs.
It all seems like a considerable expansion of the business which is good news for the village and all those that want to buy more locally.
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