Overcoming roadworks to celebrate their first year

Val Cryne and Karen Hayes pictured at their shop, Hebden Cook and Coffee Co.
Val Cryne and Karen Hayes pictured at their shop, Hebden Cook and Coffee Co.

A business is full of beans as it celebrates a successful first year.

Hebden Cook and Coffee Co. opened for business in 2013 and the year has been a steep learning curve for owners Val Cryne and Karen Hayes.

Before opening the Carlton Street store, neither had retail experience, but a love of shopping inspired the friends of 40 years to fulfil their ambition of opening a cook shop when the chance came along.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing for the pair - setbacks came in the form of major works carried on the doorstep of the shop, causing inconvenience to businesses and shoppers.

The friends said: “There have been some frustrating times, as recently the whole of Hebden Bridge was brought to a standstill when Yorkshire Water dug a huge hole directly outside the shop door.

“We were completely fenced in. But on a positive note the ground team were a great bunch of guys who came in for a regular brew,”

The friends will celebrate the shop’s first birthday with a champagne and canape event on October 30. Join in the celebrations at the store from 4pm to 8pm. On the evening, there will be a representative from Kitchen Aid, who will whip up some tasty treats for customers.The girls added: “We would like to thank all customers and friends for all the support and help during this first year and hope to see you all soon.”