Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Sunday, September 2, 2012
FANS of gobstoppers, sherbet lemons and other sweet-toothed delights can rejoice with the opening of a new sweet and gift shop in Weston’s High Street.
Munchies and More was launched by David Bleakman after he decided he wanted to open up a shop so he could spend more time with his new-born daughter.
With both him and partner Holly Whittington working full-time, after the birth of Teresa Mr Bleakman decided to take the plunge and become his own boss.
He said: “I have been in Weston for four years and I’ve worked at Asda and as the warehouse manager at The Range.
“When Teresa was born I just thought ‘why not give it up and start up my own business’?
“That way I can work and look after Teresa at the same time.”
The shop will stock a range of sweets, ranging from the traditional, through retro sweets from the 1950s to 1990s, to more modern sugary delights.
It also stocks a wide range of gifts appealing to all generations, from Banksy canvasses to ornaments and vases.
Mr Bleakman continued: “I had a look around this area to decide what shop it should be and it was between a sweet and gift shop, and a sandwich shop.
“This area doesn’t have anything like it so I thought I’d go for the sweets and gifts.
“It is a bit more stressful being your own boss as obviously everything’s on your own back and I haven’t got the comfort zone anymore.
“But it’s a family environment and I’m confident about the future.”