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Artisan bakes, milkshakes and hand-made crafts on offer at new Ipswich store

PUBLISHED: 05:30 25 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:27 25 November 2018

Vinny sadly died at the age of 51 after a stroke.  Picture: LESLEY WHITTAKER

Vinny sadly died at the age of 51 after a stroke. Picture: LESLEY WHITTAKER

An Ipswich woman has opened a cake and craft shop named 'Vinny's' in memory of her husband who died suddenly in August this year.

Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop  Picture: Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop Picture:

Lesley Whittaker opened the shop on Saturday, November 24, after being persuaded by her husband Vinny to take on the new venture before he lost his life this summer.

The couple, who lived in Dombey Road, were planning to open the store in their local area in July – as it had always been something Lesley had wanted to do because of her love of crafts.

But 51-year-old Vinny, who Lesley says was “a complete joker and loved by many”, suffered an aneurism and a stroke in late August. He underwent surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Vinny, who worked for Schofield Removals in Lawford, returned home but sadly died 10 days later.

Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop  Picture: Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop Picture:

Lesley, 65, put her plans on hold as she grieved for her husband but has now opened the store with the help of her two daughter-in-laws saying it is “what Vinny would have wanted”.

“Vinny was the one who encouraged me to take on the shop as he knew how much I wanted to have my own place for crafts,” said Lesley, who has always enjoyed making her own crafts but never found anywhere to showcase her work.

“I will be selling lots of homemade bakes, such as cupcakes, lemon slices, Victoria sponge and more artisan bakes, alongside milkshakes and a variety of drinks.

“We have a number of shelves in the shop which we will be renting out for £10 per month for local people who make different crafts, so they can showcase and even sell their work in the local area.

Pictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop Picture: CONTRIBUTEDPictures of the inside of Vinny's Cake and Craft shop Picture: CONTRIBUTED

“I hope this place gives people in the area of Dickens Road the incentive to go out and do something that they haven’t done already – I hope it inspires people.”

Lesley, who makes lavender collectable characters with different outfits and personalities, is looking forward to the new venture.

“We will be showcasing pencil artists, crochet pieces, unusual jewellery, sculptures and many more – it will all be good quality pieces that we love,” added the former probational service officer.

The store will be open everyday from 9am to 3.30pm except Wednesdays and Sundays.

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