AN ARTISAN beauty business owner has refurbished a timber-framed barn to open a well-being café and eco-friendly store.

George Jones, former co-principle osteopath at Well Street Clinic in Ruthin, won two awards with her Bathing Beauty soap and skincare products at last year’s Spring Fair, including Best Ethical Gift for her range of vegan, palm oil free and zero waste soaps.

However Mrs Jones and her team are building on their success after launching the ‘Happiness Café and Store’ at The Source, Ty Coch Barns in Llangynhafal on April 5 with the aim to "nourish the body and the soul".

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Tŷ Coch, Cruck Barn, Llangynhafal. Picture: Evan Dobson

The store has a carefully curated range of eco-friendly goods while the café does not use any single use plastic in its food production or in-store packaging. The team even filter and carbonate their own water to serve with special cordials, ruling out the need for plastic water bottles.

Mrs Jones said: “It has always been a dream of mine to have my own store. We will be showcasing the best designer makers that I have met over the last eight years, stocking other eco-conscious and design-led gifts that are not otherwise available nearby.

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Guests sample the Happiness Café and Store's products at the launch party. Picture: Evan Dobson

“We aim to become a hub for the community, offering creative courses as well as physical classes. Hopefully cycling and walking groups will drop in to break up their longer rides and walks. Horse riders have already pledged their support."

The launch event saw over 150 people in attendance, some having travelled from as far a field as Macclesfield and Crewe.

The guests were treated to a range of home-baked cakes with Fairtrade marked cocoa, artisan coffees roasted by Heartland Coffee in Llandudno, hand-blended herbal teas from Singing Leaf, Mr Fitzpatrick’s cordials and gluten free alternatives by Delaney’s Bakery in Flintshire. Vegan alternatives were also available.

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Mrs Jones said: “We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response from our visitors, that we are already planning to extend our menu to include simple nutrient dense breakfasts and mezze style lunches."

In a bid to support local musicians, Mrs Jones is hoping to host Pre Festival Sunday Sessions at the café where audiences will be able to watch live sets by artists such as Elfin Bow, Gary Edwards Jones and Fuchsia Jones before they perform on their summer festival circuits.

There is also a dedicated Independent Music Corner in the café which includes a winged back armchair and headphones, where customers can listen to CDs by local artists before they buy.

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Mrs Jones added: "The idea behind this is to provide nourishment for the body and the soul and we hope that anyone who visits will leave feeling refreshed and uplifted."

The store is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. The café is open Fridays-Sundays, 10am-4.30pm.

To visit The Source, travel to the Golden Lion, Llangynhafal, with the pub on your right and continue past Plas Dolben, taking the next right turn.

Alternatively, take the number 76 bus from Ruthin or Denbigh and ask to stop at Ty Coch Barns, Llangynhafal

For more information contact George Jones by calling 01824 790 641.