With Easter around the corner, Colne high street has not one, but three sweet spots for people to shop local to help out the Easter bunny.
Sweets ‘n’ Treats, Sweet Craze and Craig’s Sweet Stall are all very different but popular residents of Colne’s high street. Sweets ‘n’ Treats at 1 Arcadia is nestled in a stunning traditional shopping arcade and is filled to the brim with confectionery that many of us will remember from our childhoods.
Helen bought the business seven years ago after driving past on her way to her former job at Burnley General Hospital. Then known as Gobstoppers, Helen fancied a career change and grabbed the opportunity to purchase it, renaming it as Sweets ‘n’ Treats.
“I wish I had a pound for every time sometimes tells me they remember a certain sweet from their childhood. It’s lovely seeing people come in with their children and hopefully creating wonderful memories that they can pass on to their own children when older,” Helen says.
“I think people also like the nostalgia of choosing what they want, getting it weighed and taking it home in a paper bag. It can change every week, but three of the most popular choices are sarsaparilla drops, black and white mints and American cream soda kali,” she adds.
How has Helen been welcomed to the town?
“I was born and bred in the town, but I have regular customers and Colne is a friendly place, during events it’s great to see it buzzing and hopefully many of those who attend will come back and visit our high street again.”
Helen can be contacted via their Facebook page (Sweets ‘n’ treats) should you have any questions ahead of a visit – it’s highly recommended as the Arcadia is full of quirky independents.
Making waves on TikTok
Sweet Craze is a newer addition to the town centre and opened on Albert Road in October 2022, the second shop for the business, with its first being in Great Harwood.
It has amassed something of a loyal following on social media (Facebook – sweetcrazeuk, Instagram & TikTok – @sweetcraze.co.uk) and people can expect sweets from around the world – including Japan, Australia and America. Whilst they also stock traditional treats, it’s their more unusual products that have caught the eye online, with TikTok particularly popular for Sweet Craze.
Founder Vickie set up shop in the former Olivia’s after spending 12 months looking for the right spot. And not one to wait around, Vickie agreed on the premises whilst on holiday, picked up the keys after landing and opened three weeks later.
“We are good friends with About Coffee so they gave us a lovely welcome to the town. We also get on very well with Molly Mae’s and Menzone next door to us, to name a few,” Vickie explains.
Vickie has always been business minded. She originally had a business with her brother at 19, then followed in her mum’s footsteps to become a nail technician. She became so established that she won several nail technician competitions – but then lockdown hit.
“I wasn’t able to work for quite a while with the lockdown rules, and really can’t sit still. We had just bought our house before lockdown so we finished renovating that and then focused on something we had talked about for years – sweets! We started out with local deliveries from our warehouse and as demand grew, we were being asked constantly if we would open a shop. Six months later we opened the doors to our flagship store in Great Harwood. Since then we have kept adding to our range of products and then looked for shop number two – which was when Sweet Craze Colne was born…” Vickie continues.
The shop is filled with American candy, as well as 400 different options in jars. Vickie is quick to spot confectionery trending on social media and stock it on her website and shops. The website (sweetcraze.co.uk) offers free local delivery on orders over £15, but of course Vickie also encourages people to pop into her shops and support the local high street.
“We will have Fiver Friday running on Good Friday and all our mixed bag offers as normal over the weekend. We do have a lovely Easter window – so come have a look!”
Throw in Craig’s Sweet Stall in Colne Market, a long-standing business in the town with a large loyal customer base, and there’s plenty of places to pick up everything you need for the upcoming Easter weekend.