Every month we aim to put the spotlight on a business within the community, whether it’s a shop, market trader or services provider. For our eleventh entry in the series we had a conversation over a quarter of Humbugs with Ann. Sweet Memories by Ann was first established in Pudsey on the high street on Lowtown with a shop selling Traditional Sweets & Biscuits back in 2001. Today she can be found on Pudsey Market, Pudsey Produce & Craft Market and other events within the town.
My name is Ann Taylor and I’ve been a Pudsey business owner for over 20 years, I setup my first business in Pudsey, Bargain Corner, on the corner opposite the Masons Arms pub on Lowtown around 1999/2000. After a year or so trading household goods and regular shop items I realised my passion lied elsewhere. It was after a trip to York with my son Glenn that the vision started to become a reality. I had already toyed with the idea of closing Bargain Corner and replacing it with a sweet shop, but after walking up and down The Shambles in York and looking at some of the traditional shops, and sweet shops I really set my heart on it.
Pudsey has always been a place with a traditional feel to it, and we felt what better way to add to that than with a traditional sweet shop. We first opened Sweet Memories in 2001, replacing Bargain Corner at 62 Lowtown and the business went from strength to strength. After some time we decided we needed more space to expand our offering and moved further up Lowtown to take over what was the Dufton’s Jewellery Shop at 14 Lowtown. With the move we were able to expand to offer more items such as biscuits, ice cream, Slush Puppies and much much more over the years. After a number of successful years we moved over the road to a smaller shop, which was where our final shop was located. Nowadays our business operates only from Market Stalls and events.
I’ve lived in Pudsey my entire life, and after working in other small retailers in the town I felt the next logical step was to setup my own business.
Traditional sweets for everyone, from 1 to 101, we have you covered.
We pride ourselves on our reputation and friendliness, over the years we have made many friends through our business and we like to keep it that way. In terms of our offering, we sell sweets for everyone no matter your age. Our business was setup on the basis of bringing back those childhood favourites, many people have fond memories of walking down to their local shop and picking up a quarter of sweets such as Riley’s Chocolate Toffee Rolls and although some of these are no longer around, we like to think people will still take that fondness away when they purchase something from our stall.
We sell a wide variety of sweets, with liquorice, gummy sweets, sherbert (kali), mints, toffees, cough sweets and much more besides. We also sell a variety of modern day kids favourites such as Haribo Rhubarb and Custard. Our stall is a taste sensation!
This is a difficult one as so many of our sweets are incredibly popular, however we do have a few that really stand out. The Lion’s range; Wine Gums, Midget Gems, Fruit Salad etc are all very popular items and have been for a long time. We only sell the original Lion’s range, not the ones found in bags that are soft. We also shift a lot of Haribo sweets and Liquorice, Haribo is incredibly popular with our younger buyers and Liquorice is popular across the age range.
If we had to recommend three we would say Lion’s Midget Gems, Haribo Rhubarb & Custard and Salt Liquorice – which despite not being a Liquorice fan, we’re told is the best you can buy. We must stress, it’s so popular we run out regularly so message ahead if you’re desperate to try it!
Pudsey is a fantastic little town, and although it’s very different to what it was even 20 years ago, it still has a tremendous community spirit. We absolutely love to get involved in the many community events, for example you will find us on the monthly Produce & Craft Market and we also held a stall at the recent Pudsey Feast which was a great example of what can be achieved when the community pull together.
Pudsey’s business community is very tight knit and we bat for each other, that’s what makes it very special. With initiatives such as the Pudsey Lottery and even the MyPudsey website singing the praises of everything that goes off in the town – what isn’t there to love?
Has this post got your mouth watering? If so, why not pop down to Pudsey Market Friday or Saturday or pop down to the monthly Produce & Craft Market (1st Sunday of the month) and pick up some sweets to satisfy your craving.
Sweet Memories also offers a local delivery service if you spend just £5, it’s tremendous value and a perfect option for those home cinema nights or if you are going to the actual cinema.
You can find out more about Sweet Memories, and what they’re up to by heading over to their Facebook page. What are you waiting for? It’s time to bag some childhood favourites.