A baking brother and sister have opened their first high street base after demand for their treats soared.
Kristy Giblin, 29, and brother Greg Small, 23, from Stocksfield, Northumberland, have teamed up to open The Pudding Parlour in Hexham, a luxury dessert boutique devised to bring a slice of America to the Tyne Valley.
The pair started up a sweet treat delivery service from home in March, supplying restaurants, coffee shops and a base of loyal customers, which has so far proved to be a recipe for success.
They used profit made from the past eight months to lease and redecorate the new bakery premises, modelled on an American bakery, and received a Northumberland Business Services Ltd grant to develop their website.
Giblin said: “I used to make dessert for Sunday lunch, which everyone enjoyed, and one day Greg said why don’t we start selling these to public.
“We started baking and delivering to friends and businesses and it just rocketed. We were having to turn people down.”
The pair specialise in cheesecakes with flavours such as Jaffa Cake, bestseller Forerro Rocher, and the classic Mississippi mud pie, on the menu.
“We deliver on Saturday evenings and you can order right up until 10pm. The idea is that you can settle in with a glass of wine and X Factor, and if you want something sweet you can call up.”
Giblin already runs a Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchise, and will take care of admin and bake the yummy goods. Small, a financial management graduate, will man the shop, make tray bakes, and deliver. The siblings, who share the business equally, had help from retired entrepreneurs mum Carol and dad Billy, as well as Kristy’s husband Rob, 31, an electrical engineer.
Giblin added: “Everyone has worked really hard to create a lovely feel. It’s a real family affair.”