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Mother and daughter’s sweet birthday gesture

From left, Vikki Boe, Emma Archbold and Lauren Atkinson in the new-look Candy Castle shop. Picture by James Willoughby
From left, Vikki Boe, Emma Archbold and Lauren Atkinson in the new-look Candy Castle shop. Picture by James Willoughby

A mother and daughter teamed up to give their friend a special 50th birthday present – a surprise makeover of her shop.

Delighted Vikki Boe could not believe her eyes when she saw her new-look outlet, Candy Castle, which is based in Fenkle Street, Alnwick.

The sweetie chair in the shop window. Picture by Rebecca Scott

The sweetie chair in the shop window. Picture by Rebecca Scott

The transformation came courtesy of Emma Archbold, who runs tattoo and piercing studio Elemental across the road, and her daughter Lauren Atkinson.

The refurb has turned Vikki’s sweet shop from an old-fashioned Victorian-esque store into an in-your-face, colourful and vibrant outlet, with a ‘Willy Wonka feel’.

And Vikki was overwhelmed by her friends’ sweet gesture.

She told the Gazette: “It was an amazing birthday present.

“I am just so happy with how the shop looks now, it is absolutely fantastic. It is so bright and vibrant.”

Emma and Lauren carried out the work on Sunday, April 23, and Monday, April 24 – the day of Vikki’s birthday.

They told Vikki that they were planning on doing something, but kept the details a surprise.

Vikki babysat Lauren’s young daughter while the work was going on and was taken along to see the finished article on the Monday evening.

Vikki said: “They told me to hand over the keys and to trust them. I wasn’t nervous, I really did trust them 100 per cent.

“The new look wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but I am thrilled with it and I am so thankful. They did a great job.”

Lauren is pleased with the result. She said: “Vikki’s reaction when she saw the redecorated shop was amazing – she was really shocked.

“It was looking a bit dreary beforehand, so we went in and completely redecorated it, with nice, bright colours. There is a little bit of the Willy Wonkas in it – it’s bright, vibrant and in-your-face and the kids who are coming in are amazed and totally gobsmacked by it.”

To celebrate the new look, the shop is currently running a competition, with the chance to win a sweetie hamper.

To enter, pop into the shop and try to guess how many sweets are on the sweetie chair in the window. The draw will be made at the close of play on Saturday, May 20.

Vikki opened Candy Castle in 2015. It stocks a range of treats, from traditional sweets to unique milkshakes, among other things. Visit the Candy Castle Alnwick Facebook page.