SPECIALIST cake-maker Confetti and Spice is moving from Henley to Cornwall, writes Sian Gordon.
Lucy Stark and Madison Hubrecht’s shop in Duke Street will close after Easter but the pair say they will honour existing bookings.
Their five-year-old business will continue to trade online and offer cake-making courses.
Ms Stark, who will live in Fowey, started the business after giving up her job as a journalist.
She said: “I moved to the country to have a family and started baking from home and found I was good at it. I baked wedding cakes for a couple of friends and had good feedback and it went from there.”
The mother-of-one plans to offer three-day residential courses.
Ms Stark said: “The premises in Cornwall is quite big and people can then have time off at the beach in between learning.
“We did an offer on Groupon a while ago and we have got the same people coming back over and over, which is great.
“I find Henley overpopulated so this is about a lifestyle change — and my family is in Cornwall.”
Ms Hubrecht will split her time between America and Britain.She said: “I only came to England from the States to help out and ended up staying. My background is in financial law but I was quite good at this and enjoyed it.
“I will miss talking to the different people coming into the shop but it is just not worthwhile any more due to the rates and the rent. We have found that the growth of the business has been through the courses so things are moving in a slightly different direction.
“We will continue to sell bits and bobs online, so we have expanded and will be selling 5,000 products from May. People think we are closing but we are not — we can still send cakes anywhere in the country.”
Ms Stark said she would miss the people she has met through the business, including a number of celebrities.
She said: “We have built up a fantastic set of very loyal, brilliant customers since we started. We have done a number of high-profile cakes for people such as Sarah Ferguson, Nik Kershaw and Mike Read.
“It is a completely different business now though and you have to keep up with it.”