Our April meeting fell in the Easter holidays and was slightly quieter than usual but still over 40 sweethearts turned out to hear a talk about Harrogate’s independent businesses. Thanks to Sue for organising a display featuring a variety of local businesses including The Food Assembly, Sophie Likes, The Cheeseboard and Lily North photography. We also had raffle prizes donated by The Cheeseboard, Posh Paws and our own sweethearts businesses’ The Kitchen and Amanda Earle cakes.
The talk was led by Paul from Baltzersens and Norse. He told us his own story from being in the army to owning a café in Harrogate and described some of the challenges facing independent businesses on the modern High Street. A lively discussion ensued, taking in the role of the council, the use of the Stray, private landlords, retail businesses and brought us back to supporting indies with our own custom- a WI resolution from a few years back. It was a very interesting evening which began and ended with delicious cinnamon buns kindly donated by Paul. Thanks to everyone involved