Two different businesses came together to support one another for the grand opening of a new shop in Worthing’s Guildbourne Centre.
Miss Molly’s Milkshake Shop held a 1940s/’50s themed celebration to mark the occasion, which took place on January 28.
A 1950s style milkshake shop, Miss Molly’s serves milkshakes, soda floats, hot chocolate, iced tea and coffee, smoothies, protein shakes and cake. It also has a gumball machine and a jukebox.
The business owner, Emily-Jane Wilson, said: “We had Elvis come and cut the ribbon, and Steve Blakie from Worthing Past and Present performed some Fats Domino songs, which are my favourite.
“When I was little, I would dream about owning and running a shop in the Guildbourne Centre. When I was older, I left to become a chef in Somerset, although I moved back to Wothing about five years ago.
“In Somerset, they have milkshake shops everywhere, and I thought it was something that Worthing could really use.
“Rockabilly has been my life ever since I bought my first red lipstick when I was 12, so I thought to myself - I’m going to start a 1950’s milkshake bar!”
Kelly Goss, of Kelz Kidz Partyz said: “It was a lovely reflection of how local businesses can support each other. Kelz Kidz Partyz is a local business which provided seasonal and themed children’s parties, and it supported the newly opened business by offering free glitter tattoos to passers-by.”
By the time Kelly had arrived at the shop and set up at 11am, the queue for milkshakes was out the door and overflowing into the Guildbourne Centre.
Kelly said: “Photographers were snapping away, Elvis was singing, and people were jiving in the middle of the centre. I even had a jive with one of the photographers, it was brilliant. Everyone was in great spirits, and even adults were getting involved with the glitter tattoos I was offering out for free.”
Emily-Jane dedicates part of her window for business flyers, helping independent advertisers.
Kelly added: “I think it is really important to support each other in the community and it is lovely to show local businesses working together in Worthing.
“I feel that uniting together on Saturday for Miss Molly’s Milkshake Shop grand opening did us proud in community spirit and support!”
•Photo courtesy of Peter Lewry of www.peterlewryphotography.com
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