The first ever St Barnabas Hospice café is set to launch on Saturday, alongside the opening of their relocated Spalding shop
St Barnabas Hospice are all set to open their shop and café in the Market Place, Spalding on Saturday 19th August, 11am. The St Barnabas shop has moved from New Road, Spalding and will take residence within the Grade II listed building that was formerly home to The White Hart Hotel.
The new venture is set to become the charity’s flagship store in the south of the county, and will be officially opened by the Rt Hon. John Hayes MP. The current shop on New Road in Spalding will close after 30 successful years, with volunteers moving to the new premises.
Caroline Peach, Retail Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:
“We are extremely thankful for the hard work that has been put in over the past 30 years by our team of staff and volunteers at the Spalding shop. It is through their hard work and dedication that we were able to embark on this new venture, and I am sure they will continue to work alongside new staff members and volunteers to help make our shop and café a success.
“It is exciting to be able to bring a Grade II listed building back into use, and we have worked closely with AM2 Architects and the council to ensure we protect the heritage of this beautiful and iconic building.
“There have even been some famous people who stayed there when it was a hotel, including Mary, Queen of Scots and French writer and composer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau!”
The café will have room for 30 people at any one time, and will serve drinks and light bites made from locally-sourced produce, including Stokes coffee and Pipers crisps. Food and drink can be eaten in or taken away from the café, and there is even the option for people to book an afternoon tea, which will be served daily from 2pm.
The café is set to open daily from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and is located at the back of the shop which will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. It is hoped that the revenue generated from this new venture will go some way towards the £5.5 million that is required each year to ensure the Hospice can continue to deliver its services across Lincolnshire.
Spread across 2,000 sq. ft., the shop will stock a mix of ladies, men’s and children’s clothes, in addition to books, music, toys and household items. There is a large book and media section located next to the café, where customers can stop and browse with a coffee. The shop will also sell new merchandise including handbags, accessories and gift ideas, alongside St Barnabas scratch cards.
Caroline Peach said:
“We would be delighted if members of the local community came to join us this Saturday for the launch of the shop and café. Barnabas Bear will be making an appearance to meet and greet children, and we have some Barnabas Bear colouring sheets to keep the little ones occupied!
“The shop and café will both be open on the launch day, so we urge as many people as possible to join us and be part of St Barnabas history.”
For more information about the new Spalding shop and café, call Caroline Peach on 01522 559 517 or email [email protected]