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More independent businesses open in Peach Place

Wednesday 22nd May, 2019

The borough council’s long-held plans to bring independent businesses into the new Wokingham Town Centre are bearing fruit, with two independents coming to Peach Place last weekend.

Blue Orchid Bakery offered up dozens of fresh cakes, pastries, and savoury snacks across its opening weekend. Meanwhile, boutique gin bar Leafy Elephant, enjoyed a successful sell-out opening event.

The two unique local independents are the latest establishments to open their doors at Peach Place, joining craft beer bar Sit & Sip and vinyl record shop Beyond the Download, which both launched earlier this month.

Cllr Chris Bowring, deputy executive member for regeneration, said: “Independent businesses are at the heart of our vision for Wokingham town centre and it’s been great to offer local businesses such as this the opportunity to open up at Peach Place. I hope local residents will join me in welcoming them to the town.
“Peach Place is already establishing itself as a great destination for the town centre and, with summer on its way, outdoor spaces like this and the new park at Elms Field, are really going to come into their own.”

Elena Jenkins, founder of Blue Orchid Bakery, said: “It’s always been my dream to open my own bakery having made my first wedding cake at 13. I dropped out of school at 17 to start saving and patiently waited for the right location to come about. Luckily the new units in Peach Place did – I really like the square, I think it’s brilliant. Wokingham was always the place that I wanted this to happen and I’m very excited to have my own shop in the centre of town.”

Duncan Scott, co-owner at Leafy Elephant, said: “The weekend was a great success and the team did a wonderful job. We are looking forward to opening properly to the public this week and showcasing our full range of drinks.”

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