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Cafe and craft emporium opens in Padiham

Deb Butterworth and Alison McLeod who are opening Mooch Cafe, craft shop and mini-emporium in Padiham.
Photo Ben Parsons

Deb Butterworth and Alison McLeod who are opening Mooch Cafe, craft shop and mini-emporium in Padiham. Photo Ben Parsons

Two friends opening a new cafe and emporium in Padiham have something special brewing with a British rock legend.

Deb Butterworth and Alison McLeod are launching their new venture Mooch with a little help from The Charlatans’ iconic frontman Tim Burgess.

The Read mums’ Burnley Road shop will be the first place in Lancashire to sell the singer’s Fairtrade Tim Peaks coffee, which is the toast of celebrities including crime writer Ian Rankin and Gary Neville.

Deb said: “It all started with a Tweet. We messaged Tim and he got straight back. We will now be selling the wonderful Tim Peaks coffee and mugs at the shop and the proceeds go to the David Lynch Foundation.”

The pair believe it will be music to the ears of coffee fans and cannot wait to get the kettle on for customers at the opening of Mooch tomorrow, from 9am to 3pm.

Deb, Alison and their friends decided to launch Mooch after their Friendship Interiors craft business was a huge hit in the town’s pop-up shop.

The venture brings together a collective of artists, crafters, bakers and small creative businesses in a “mini-emporium”.

There will be a cafe with organic home-cooked food and freshly-baked bread. The shop will also sell everything from home-made gifts, mugs, artwork, pictures, vintage furniture and recycled and upcycled products.

Alison said: “The whole ethos is being creative and bringing people into Padiham. It is all part of ‘shop local’ and putting money back into your community.

“We are creating our own ‘pop up shop’ - but it will be permanent. There will be artists and crafters here selling gifts, cakes, furniture, art and jewellery

“It is going to be a place where the pictures on the walls and the chairs you sit on are for sale.”

 

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