Give your­self an al­lergy-free treat

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The Per­fect Re­treat www.the-per­fect-re­ 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.

Pho­tos by Shane Dempsey www.buyapho­ NL20148711

Lu­cia Bakova in her café, The Per­fect Re­treat

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