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New Temperance Bar Is A Tonic For Rotherham

posted 7 Feb 2013, 07:35 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Feb 2013, 07:42 ]
An exciting, developing business is returning a taste of nostalgia to Rotherham town centre.

The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop has been a major success since it first opened its doors in the Imperial Buildings in 2010. Now it's moving to neighbouring premises in the building to open a new Temperance Bar and sweetshop.

It's around half a century since the last of the 'Temperance/Sarsparilla bars' closed down in Rotherham and across Yorkshire. But with so many requests from customers, the shop's owners Kara and Tony Chapman have decided to resurrect the tradition for their new venture.

The 'bar' - selling sarsparilla and cordials along with other fruit and sweet based drinks - will be the only one of its kind in Yorkshire.

The project is being supported by a grant from Rotherham Borough Council's Business Vitality Grants Scheme which offers support to new businesses and those looking to expand their business in the town centre.

So far, 17 grant awards have been made with a further four made through the Street Cafe Grant scheme.

Kara Chapman expressed her excitement about the new venture and is delighted to be expanding the business in Rotherham: "We started selling bottles of sarsparilla and other soft drinks alongside our sweets a while ago and the response from people was fantastic.

"We've had lots of people asking us whether we can get other types of drinks in and then a few older customers who remember the sarsparilla bars of years gone by said wouldn't it be great if we could get one back in the town.

"We thought it was a great idea and combining it with our plans to expand the sweet business we decided to give it a go."

In addition to the 'bar' the shop will continue to sell a wide range of sweets and gifts, with plans afoot to give a public element to the art of sweet making.

The next stage will be to introduce sweet making on the premises with the chance to watch the sweet makers at work and develop a range of "made in Rotherham" sweets for sale.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said: "This is fantastic news which we can all raise a glass to and we're delighted to support it through our Grants Scheme. The business has already proved a big hit with shoppers and when Mary Portas visited the town this was one of the traders she was particularly impressed by.

"The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop and other traders in the area are constantly trying to create something new and different which broadens what's on offer in Rotherham and, as shown by the footfall figures, are bringing people back into the town centre."

The new Temperance bar and sweet shop is open now with an official opening taking place on February 12th.