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New family shop in Ilkley aims for sweet success
A father and daughter from Ilkley have teamed up to open a new business in the town specialising in creating bespoke handmade cakes and hand-crafted chocolates.
The boutique kitchen and shop – Poppy Pickering – on Leeds Road, Ilkley, will open tomorrow when everyone is invited to sample free cupcakes, chocolates and refreshments.
In addition to creating cakes, chocolates, wedding cupcakes and favours, Poppy Pickering – run by Dominique and Geoff Pickering – will also sell hand-crafted cards, children’s party accessories, kitchen gifts and fun american-style lollipops and sweets.
Both father and daughter are passionate about what they create and this is reflected in their work and attention to detail. Dominique initially carved out a successful career in textile design, however, after having two children decided that her passion for baking and design could be combined to create Poppy Pickering.
After undertaking several courses in London with renowned cake designer Peggy Porschen and at Squires Kitchen, Dominique set about creating a collection of modern, contemporary bespoke celebration and wedding cakes that can all be viewed in the shop.
Her father Geoff has had many years’ experience working in the food and hospitality industry and has already run several successful local businesses.
Under the skilled guidance of the previous owner Diane and through expert chocolate training courses, Geoff has found a new and tasty passion.
He intends to maintain Diane’s original collection of chocolates, however, over time, introducing some new designs and flavours.
Dominique said: “Poppy Pickering only use the freshest and highest quality ingredients to ensure that your cake and chocolates will not just look amazing but taste delicious too.
“We will be opening on Friday, October 11, when everybody is welcome to come and sample some of our chocolates along with some home-made cupcakes and refreshments.”
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