Retro sweet shop opens in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 09:57 03 December 2011

Ian Daniells, Mayor Peter Knell, Anastasia Daniells

Ian Daniells, Mayor Peter Knell, Anastasia Daniells


IF the words strawberry lace, gobstopper or rainbow drops get you misty-eyed for the days of your youth, then you may want to head to Potters Bar.

For residents of a certain age can now relive the good old days by visiting a new retro sweet shop in the town.

Husband and wife team Ian and Ana Daniells have opened Rock Pop Candy, a traditional 1950s style sweet shop, in The Broadway, Darkes Lane.

The store sells all the familiar favourites, offering 180 weigh jars full of the much-loved penny sweets from yesteryear.

And for Ana and Ian, who live in South Mimms with their four children, it’s the realisation of a long-held dream.

Ana, a former teacher at Wroxham School in Potters Bar, left her job as an education advisor at Hertfordshire County Council to take on the new venture, while Ian, 42, quit his insurance job with the Royal Bank of Scotland to make the dream a reality.

Ana, 39, said: “We’re both into the 1950s, jiving and retro stuff, and we just wanted to bring that back, in the form of a traditional sweet shop.

“It’s more of a social shop then anything else. People don’t just pop in, pay and leave, they stay and chat and reminisce.

“We’ve been wanting to do it for a couple of years now, it’s a little bit of a dream for us.”

On Friday, the couple welcomed customers, police officers, Hertsmere MP James Clappison and borough mayor Peter Knell – whose wife June was presented with a box of delicious treats, which will be auctioned off for the mayor’s charities.

“I really do want them to succeed, it’s something a bit different for the town,” said Cllr Knell.

“They’ve tried really hard to bring some nostalgia back to Potters Bar.”

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