A NEW bespoke cake and baking supply store has opened in Workington this week and it’s hoping to bring something sweet to a 'sometimes underestimated part of town'.

Karen Tremble and Jackie Harrison have opened the Cumbria Cake Shop on Oxford Street on Monday, March 4 with phase one of the new business being the retail side of the store.

The decision was made by the pair after it was announced that Sugarcraft Corner, where they have both worked for 20 years, was to close at Chambers Joinery in Workington.

Speaking about opening the business, Karen said: “We thought we would just give it a go and do it ourselves. Jackie has got a cake-making business already and now we are just hoping to bring it all together under one roof.

Times and Star: Jackie with some of the bespoke celebration cakes that will soon be able to be ordered from the shop.Jackie with some of the bespoke celebration cakes that will soon be able to be ordered from the shop. (Image: Supplied)

“This building has always been some kind of bakers or a sandwich shop, and it just kind of made sense for us to bring back a similar kind of use as to what it has had in the past.

“We want to bring a bit of a different business to a sometimes underestimated part of the town.

“There are some really nice and friendly businesses along this street.”

The business partners say the reception from people since opening the store has been ‘absolutely phenomenal’.

Times and Star: The sign has gone up outside of the new store.The sign has gone up outside of the new store. (Image: Supplied)

Karen said: “It’s quite humbling really. We have done this for 20 years in Sugarcraft Corner. They know that if they come and ask us how to do something we will give them advice.”

Karen and Jackie plan to begin the second phase of the plans in the near future, creating a kitchen space in the back of the store to allow orders to be made for bespoke cakes as well as traybakes to be sold over the counter.

They are hoping to create a space once up and running to allow people to come and have consultations on things like wedding cakes, as well as possibly doing workshops.

Times and Star: The pair have been overwhelmed with support from people.The pair have been overwhelmed with support from people. (Image: Supplied)

Karen said: “We have tried to keep it warm and calm, and really friendly. We hope in the future to put just a few tables and chair in so that people can come and have a cuppa and a bit of cake and a chat, and maybe on a weekend do little workshops for people.

“Just a nice calm and friendly place for people: it doesn’t matter whether you are wanting just to pick up some sprinkles and do stuff with the kids or if you want to do your own wedding cake.”

Chambers Joinery will be remaining open despite the closure of Sugarcraft Corner.