First look at the opening of a cake cafe in the village of Darlington next week

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A DARLINGTON businesswoman prepares to launch her business after gaining approval at a Darlington Borough Council planning meeting in October 2021.

Shalona Beaumont will open MJ’s Cake Cafe at 15 Station Terrace in Middleton St George on Saturday 28th May.

The shop and cafe will open from 8 a.m. and Shalona plans to stay open until around 6 p.m., or until it sells out.

There will be plenty of kids’ activities to keep the little ones entertained, including face painting and balloon modeling.

15 Station Terrace was a rundown building until Shalona decided it would be the perfect location for her business.

What 15 Station Terrace in Middleton St George looked like in the fall of 2021. Photo: SARAH CALDECOTT

The Northern Echo: MJ's Cake Cafe opens next week in Middleton St George, Darlington.  Photo: MJ'S CAKE CAFE/FACEBOOK MJ’s Cake Cafe opens next week in Middleton St George, Darlington. Photo: MJ’S CAKE CAFE/FACEBOOK

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The extraordinary candy company names the store MJ’s Cake Cafe in honor of its daughter, Millie June.

From early June, Shalona will also have a chef on board, meaning there will be more than cakes and scones on the menu, there will soon be brunch options available.

Shalona also offers afternoon teas and is delighted to bring life back to the building which has stood empty for years.

L'écho du Nord: what the interior of the 15 Station terrace looks like now, compared to fall 2021. Photos: SHALONA BEAUMONTWhat the interior of the 15 Station terrace looks like now, compared to fall 2021. Photos: SHALONA BEAUMONT

Shalona said: “To be honest, I can’t believe this is finally happening. The last few months have been difficult to organize everything, but we only have one last push now and I can’t wait to get going. finally open.

“The building took so much work, it was really a mess at first, but it looks pretty good now. It just needs a few finishing touches.

“It’s me, me and me doing all the baking, but I also have baristas now, so it won’t just be me, and a chef who will start soon.

“We are opening this Saturday because the kids are splitting up the previous Friday so I thought the parents could do something to keep the kids entertained.”

The Northern Echo: A perfect place for coffee and cake.  Photo: SHALONA BEAUMONTA perfect place for coffee and cake. Photo: SHALONA BEAUMONT

The Northern Echo: The entrance has a modern look.  Photo: SHALONA BEAUMONTThe entrance has a modern look. Photo: SHALONA BEAUMONT

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The shop will be open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the planning meeting in October, Shalona convinced all the councilors as it was unanimously decided that Shalona’s idea should become a reality.

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