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Shrewsbury Market Hall Revival

Last August we took over the ownership of the sweet shop in the Market Hall, we’ve finally got round to sprinkling the Toots magic on the unit after waiting for our floor to be resurfaced. We’ve now got one of our beautiful chocolate fridges positioned in the shop and customers can now walk straight into the shop. As a few of you will know the shop units in the market all have large static counters, we’ve removed ours making the shop feel much bigger and open. The shop looks so much better now people can walk into the shop and look at the sweets properly as well as being able to have more choice.

We’ve still got lots of improvements to make, but it’s a really exciting time all round. We’ll be stocking and providing all the fab
products and services available on our website as well as linking up with other shops in the market to provide some exciting services (announcements coming soon). We’ll have a dedicated Wedding Favour section, our handmade chocolates, truffles, chocolate bars, and lots of well known traditional sweeties, party bags, lolly pops and lots of special at weekends.

The Market has recently gone under a major revamp, with new shop owners in one particular corner turning the area into a vibrant Mecca for
crafts and vintage delights. My shop is situated just on the corner of the newly revamped area next to the Birds Nest Cafe, it offers a fabulous mix of whole foods serving Fair-trade tea and coffee, homemade soup and delicious freshly made sandwiches. I sampled a Hummus and Roasted Vegetable sandwich the other day. A great combination of flavours enhanced with some pesto and fresh bread. Arran and Victor have worked hard to transform the cafe area using fairy lights and really tree branches to decorate the walls and ceiling. All the furniture is recycled vintage pieces picked up along their travels.

Jo Bloodworth will also be opening a new shop at the end of June, which will be packed with fantastic gifts, retro glass ware and her own,
designed and made gifts such as dresses and aprons. Jo has a huge following in Shrewsbury because of her wonderful and creative one off pieces.

Dog-eared Vintage and Vintage Gem’s bring the retro sparkle into the crafty corner; both have a great selection of clothes and accessories,
and a must for any student or vintage fan looking for a statement piece with character.

Adding some glamour to our corner of the Market is SalakjitNail Art offering a range of services such as Manicures, Pedicures, and Gel
Nail Extensions on Saturdays.  Private Nail Parties for Adults and Children are also available

Ilovecompost.com has taken over the last unit in the corner, as a working artist Sam will be producing commissions from the shop while
helping to spread the arty message with classes for children. Recently she held a paint class where toddlers got the chance to paint cats and learn about how they moved; they finished the class with a story read by Susan from Pengwern books. A lovely interactive class with many more planned.

Lastly although not in the corner of the market Toot Sweets is based in, but something I really do believe is a gem and a must for any
foodie to visit; Mirage Mediterrean Mezze. Working within the food industry you really do get to experience lots of good and bad eateries. Mirage is one of the amazing ones; family run and bursting with so much potential. Situated at the back of the market in the opposite corner to Toot Sweets. Mirage sells a range of Mediterranean goods as well as serving freshly made food in its restaurant area, food is also available to take away. I often pop over for a wrap for my lunch; I can highly recommend the Halloumi wrap. A vibrant combination of salty warm Halloumi dressed with chunks of tomato, refreshing mint leaves and cooling cucumber; a vegetarian’s delight! With a range of mezze dishes (tapas style) you can sit down order a few dishes and while away the afternoon catching up with friends in the relaxed atmosphere. The Baklava is also exquisite; layers of puff pastry adorned with pistachio nuts and drenched in honey, baked and cut into cubes. I often find shop bought baklava is too sweet and usually baked to an inch of its life making the risk of breaking a tooth likely. Mirage’s baklava is definitely worth a try, moist, sweet and positively nutty!

The Market hall is bursting with a huge variety of different shops; fresh local veg, handmade cakes, delis, antiques, children’s clothing, a
fish bar…you name it and its here. If you’ve never been to the market I definitely recommend a visit the opening hours are:

Tuesday 9-4

Wednesday 9-4

Thursday 9-1

Friday 9-4

Saturday 9-4

The Market hall has recently joined facebook and will have a twitter account very soon. Please check out there facebook page, and if you’re
not already a member of the Toot Sweets Page please join.

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Truly Scrumptious Sweet Shop moves to a new location

Toot Sweets has moved to a new location in Shrewsbury Town Centre! The new shop based on Fish Street opened last week and so far has proved just as popular as the previous shop on Butcher Row. The new shop has a fitted kitchen which is ideal for the award winning artisan chocolates made by Julia at Toot Sweets.

“After wining 2 Great Taste Awards earlier this year we were inundated with orders and really need to find premises which would incorporate a kitchen so we could keep up with demand” says Julia Wenlock, the proprietor of Toot Sweets. Plans to serve luxury hot chocolates are well underway as well as offering some new services.

The new shop has a much brighter modern feel with a huge wall dedicated to the 300 jars of boiled sweets on offer and a larger display of Wedding Favours, Gift Boxes and Jars.

Toot Sweets is open Monday- Saturday 10am – 5pm, with regular shopping and tasting events held.


1st Birthday for our Shop

Birthday Celebration for our Shop!

Our shop on Butcher Row has now been open for 12 months, the past 12 months have flown by and we’re so chuffed at how well the shop has been received!

Thank you to all our regular customers and all our old and new customers. We hope you enjoy the Toot Sweets journey, over the last 12 months we’ve developed and changed a lot of areas in the shop.  We’ve introduced ice cream, more lines of sweets and started from September to make all our own chocolates making sure you get the quality and standard you expect. It now means that we can truly make every order bespoke if you’re looking for something extra special.


Our new shop :)

Wooohooo our magical shop in Shrewsbury has opened; we’re based on Butcher Row so pop down and see us! Iif you follow us on Facebook you’ll know we’ve been very busy painting and decorating over the last few weeks, but we think it’s been worth it. The shop is based in a beautiful Black and White building called Abbots House, built in the 15th Century!

We’ve got a huge range of boiled sweets and lots of scrummy retro ones; you’ll definitely be taking a walk down memory lane! We’d love to know what you think and what type of sweets you’d like us to sell, we have lots of ideas and hopefully over the next few months we’ll be introducing more lines.


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