4:56 p.m. March 31, 2022
7:59 am Apr 1, 2022
Two sisters enjoy a small hit after merging their businesses to open a cake counter at a long-established homewares store.
Natalie Jones, 44, opened Harriet’s Home and Garden on St Nicholas Street in Diss in 2009 after having her first child, Harry.
It specializes in home decoration, offering wicker products, kitchen textiles and garden gifts.
There are now even more reasons to visit the vintage themed shop as they also offer cakes and ice cream.
Natalie’s sister and baker Keeley Jones, 33, who also happened to be married to a Jones, recently opened a pastry shop in part of the store which has proved popular.
Natalie said: “We’ve wanted to run a pretty pink patisserie together for so long and bring something new and exciting to Diss.
“We have received so much support from local customers and other businesses and are so grateful.
“We love working together to achieve our dream and we also have my daughter Harriet on board.”
Keeley, who is originally from Norfolk but now lives in Cheltenham, comes to Diss twice a month for cake weekends, the next time being on April 16th and 17th at Easter.
On these weekends, customers can also enjoy tea served on pink china.
Cupcake Saturdays are also held every two weeks, with the next one being April 2nd.
While cakes are available on select days, you can shop Dann’s Ice Cream, slushies and the full home and garden range every day.
Keeley said: “I started my Cake Parlor Boutique business in Cheltenham the year before lockdown and it absolutely worked and I’ve been so busy.
“My range includes brownies, blondies, cookie cups and pies, cupcakes and celebration cakes.”
The sisters originally had the idea for the cake counter before lockdown, but their plans have been put on hold due to the pandemic.
Keeley added: “We’re ten years apart but we work so well together.
“The store and cake business is growing so fast and we are so grateful.”