Give yourself an allergy-free treat
The Perfect Retreat www.the-perfect-retreat.co.uk 120 High Street Chesham 01494 774 758 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
What is your name? Lucia Bakova.
What’s your shop called – and why? My shop is called The Perfect Retreat and it is because I was hoping people with food allergies will come in and feel comfortable and enjoy their break with a good cup of tea/coffee and a cake or savoury to bite and return to their social life much happier.
Where is it? It is in Chesham, just a few steps from Sainsbury’s, towards the town.
What type of things do you sell? We sell cakes and pastries, savouries and cakes made to order, such as wedding cakes, birthday cakes, celebration cakes, or just simple cakes when people are expecting family or friends for dinner – a treat to enjoy in a circle of friends. We also have the most
delicious loose leaf teas.
Name a best seller. Gluten/wheat-free carrot cake, chocolate fudge cake and summer torte and Earl Grey loose leaf tea.
How long has the business been running? The business has been running for just over two months.
Who is your typical customer? Our typical customer is a person with a severe food allergy and this person cannot go anywhere else for coffee or tea and have something to eat and will not get sick.
What do you think you give to the community? I give to the community allergy-free cakes for people or children who have never had a birthday cake or celebration cake, or any other savouries, such as cheese scones, cheesy twists, sausage rolls or quiche and more, also available as gluten/ wheat free and free from dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soya or soya lecithin and white rice. We can make food to order for customers who have guests with allergies who do not have the time or knowledge to safely cook for them.
What sets you apart from other similar shops? We are specialising in allergy-free cakes and savouries, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and loose leaf teas.
Are you running any special offers? Most days we have a hot or cold drink and a cake of the day on promotion.
Lucia Bakova in her café, The Perfect Retreat