Ruthin mum "over the moon" to expand shop twice in three years

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Josh Morris

A woman who opened her own sweet shop three years ago is celebrating after moving in to new bigger premises.
 
Former dinner lady Lisa Thomas opened up Ruthin shop in 2014 and has so far been successful enough to expand into another unit before moving again.
 
To mark the occasion Lisa is planning to put three golden tickets in shops in the town which winners can exchange for a free Easter egg.
 
“I’ve got this new shop now and we’ve moved in and extended backwards so we’ve got a new room, so now we can have everything under one roof instead of in two different shops.
 
“It’s been a lot of hard work the last three weeks getting it ready but we’ve got there.
 
“It’s bigger so now we’ve got space for things like craft, pancakes and icecream. You can come and sit down properly.”
 
The Candy Shack sells modern and vintage themed sweets with Lisa previously running childrens parties in a separate premises.
 
However the new shop means they can run everything from the smae place and even add a few touches of their own.
 
“We’ve kept the parties but now we can go down a more Willy Wonka theme for the room,” Lisa said.
 
“Next week we’re putting out three golden tickets for the kids. Whoever finds it gets an easter egg.”
 
Lisa opened Candy Shack on Clwyd Street in August 2014.
 
Lisa formerly ran a sandwich bar, had her two children and then became a dinner lady at Brynhyfryd School, Ruthin, where she worked for eight years.
 
But she always wanted to run her own business – something she says was probably in her blood because dad Bob and her late mum Shirley ran the local night club, The Seven Club, for many years, when she was young.
 
The business will have been going for three years this summer.
 
“We’re over the moon with how it’s all gone. I’m ecstatic, I really am,” she said.
 
“You learn as you go along and i’ve learnt a lot. We’ve had so much support in the town and we’ve just expanded little bits as we’ve gone along.
 
“We’re moving onwards an upwards but I don’t know what’s next. I think I’ll be staying put for now, I’m so happy with how it’s turned out.”

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