* Carolyn Hutchinson at Vintage Rose is one of the businesses supporting today's Buy Local Day.
Today is an important day for all those Llan people who believe it’s vital to support local businesses – especially in face of the threat from the big stores.
Community group Keep Llangollen Special (KLS) is running the latest in a series of Buy Local days and calling on as many people as possible to do just that rather than spending their money outside the town.
There will be discounts and special offers at all participating shops, pubs and cafes.
Just look out for the Buy Local poster displayed in their windows.
KLS chair Mike Edwards, who has been working hard along with volunteers from his small team to put today’s event together, said: “The aim is to highlight the three main benefits of buying locally – personal service from knowledgeable staff, top quality goods and good value for money.“Why go to an impersonal supermarket when you can stroll round town, do your shopping and meet friends for a drink?”
One of the businesses supporting Buy Local today and all the year round is the Vintage Rose tearoom in Oak Street.
It was opened by Carolyn Hutchinson three months ago to provide tea, coffee and a mouth-watering range of home-made cakes.
Also available are wedding and occasional cakes – all with the emphasis on being home made by Carolyn who has an associated business called Libby’s Cupcakes which she also runs from the Vintage Rose premises. She named that company after her young daughter, Libby.
Carolyn said: “Since we opened the tearoom it has been going very well and local people have really been coming out to support me.
“I am backing Buy Local Days like the one today because I think it is so important to support our businesses in the town.
“I try to buy everything I need for my businesses from suppliers in Llangollen and I also operate my own loyalty card scheme for local people.
“For Buy Local Day today I am offering a free cup of tea or coffee with every cake bought by my customers.”