New business boost for Filwood

KWL interview by Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

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Two new businesses have opened on Filwood Broadway – both run by local residents hoping to boost the area.

Café Filwood Snax opened its doors to customers at the end of April in the former bakery  and is managed by friends Angela Tarr and Angela Betty.

Angela Tarr told the Knowledge: “It’s good to see shops opening here because it’s been dead for a number of years. People are enjoying having the café up here, we’ve got a lot of regulars now…we’ve just put tables and chairs outside because people have asked us…”

The cafe sells breakfasts, sandwiches, hot lunches and drinks – it will also provide pack lunches for school children and deliver around the local area and beyond including Withywood and Bedminster.

Angela says they are also ‘flexible and do special requests for meals if asked.’ They even sell loaves of bread and rolls to regulars who have run short.

Plans for the future include a complete revamp of the kitchen and starting a carvery for Sunday roasts.

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Close by KWL Fruit and Veg opened in May and is run by Dan Summers and his daughter’s partner Paul Wheeler – who live only a short walk from the shop.

Assisted by Kallie Summers, Dan’s daughter and his wife Wendy, the family-run business has settled into what used to be the Salvation Army charity shop.

Dan says: “Some of our produce is home grown from people’s gardens and they also bring plants to sell. We’ve had a good response from locals to the shop – they says it saves them travelling …”

The business has quickly grown, now welcoming new customers every week in store and via the delivery of veg, salad and fruit boxes.

The use of Facebook has even promoted the store’s popularity further afield as Paul jokes: “We’ve even had someone from Sheffield ask if we deliver!”

Although still freshly established – there are already talks of expansion and development -starting with fridges for dairy produce and bread to seasonal hampers and after-school children’s activities.

Filwood Snax is at 47 Filwood Broadway. Tel 07591 968155.                           

KWL Fruit and Veg is at 25 Filwood Broadway Tel: 07791305753.