When cake-baking turned from hobby to obsession, Lucy Mellon decided she wanted a slice of self-employment.
The 22-year-old reduced her hours as a dispenser at the Wicker Pharmacy and set out her stall – a vintage tea party affair at the new antiques centre on Shalesmoor.
It’s laden with all things teatime; vintage china and crockery found at car boots and charity shops, teas blended by Sheffield company Tea Box, plus Lucy’s hand-made knitted tea cosies, cakes and jams. “I love baking but I’d over-faced friends and relatives so I had to do something,” says Lucy, Her jams follow 50-year-old family recipes which she says “work perfectly” and her baking ranges from cupcakes to Guinness cake. “I put almost a can of stout in it and the cream cheese topping looks like the foaming head,” she says.
Her One For Luck stall – named after a saying of her grandma’s – is at the Nichols Building, the old ELR Auction House. And this Saturday Lucy will be staging a traditionally British-themed stall at Mosborough Music Festival.