AN ENTREPRENEURIAL mum is keeping a new internet café business in the family by employing her three children.
Raina Muggeridge, 44, has taken on her offspring Jennafer, 20, Harry, 17, and Tabatha, 15, to keep Brown Sugar, Handbridge, open seven days.
For Raina, a former physics technician at Chester’s Queen’s School, running a café is a dream come true.
She said: “I always wanted to have a coffee shop. It’s been one of those things I have always done – I have always gone and checked out the local coffee shop.
“I want to give people nice service, coffee and quality food. I’ll be having scones and afternoon cream teas and breakfasts.”
Open from 7.30am Monday to Saturday, the café will offer delights including American pancakes with maple syrup for busy workers to help start the day.
For lunch, there are sandwiches, paninis and salads plus fresh pastries and cakes. Drinks include smoothies, yoggies, tea in a pot and an Arabica blend roasted, which Raina says is “one of the best coffees”.
Raina, who has spent £30,000 refitting the former post office, hopes to fill a gap in the market and benefit from the busy pedestrian flow outside the shop. She said the four computer terminals had already proved popular with school students. There is also free Wi Fi.
The council-owned property proved controversial after Eccleston’s bakery originally agreed a lease on the building upsetting neighbouring shops which had diversified into bakery products following the closure of Weinholts. Local traders are much happier with an internet café.
Raina, from Waverton, said fellow businesses and the public had been welcoming and friendly.