Plymouth baker set to close her cafe due to ‘rising costs’


The cost of living crisis forced a young entrepreneur to close her café. Bethany Cole, 18, who runs Bethany’s Bakes at The Millfields, Stonehouse has announced it will close next week.

In a Facebook post, she cited rising costs and a lack of profit over the past six months for her decision. Friday, June 24 will be the last day she will trade.

Bethany started baking cakes and cupcakes for her friends and family in 2019 but started expanding her offerings during lockdown when her GSCE exams were canceled due to the pandemic. She opened her shop last year in April.

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However, she told PlymouthLive that financially she was no longer able to run the business, but hopes to return in the future. The cost of living crisis has meant the suit is not viable, citing rising costs and a lack of profit over the past six months for its decision.

In a Facebook announcement, Bethany said: “I thought I would never write this post, but here we are. Due to the rising costs of everything, I have made the very difficult decision to permanently close Bethany’s Bakes. .

“To be completely honest, I haven’t earned a salary for over six months and I’m not making a profit. I know this is quite shocking to read, but thank you to each and every one of you for your ongoing support, whether it’s sharing and liking posts coming in for coffee, an occasional box of cakes, or our everyday regulars.

Bethany’s Bakes is located at The Millfields, Stonehouse

She added: “Our last trading day will be Friday, June 24. We will continue to serve freshly baked cakes, coffee, cold drinks and sandwiches. Come in and grab some cakes before we close. Who knows, we might make a comeback in a few years, I don’t know what will happen, but the page will still be active and maybe post some cakes I make in my spare time.

“I loved the experience and I’m very sad that I had to make this decision as this has been my life for the past two years. With the cost of living rising for me, for customers and cautious customers with money was difficult.

“Currently, I work in a supermarket and I will see what the future holds for me. I hope to end up in some kind of bakery establishment: café, cafe or pastry shop.

Customers on Facebook sent Bethany messages of support. Rachel Mitchell said, “You’ve accomplished so much at such a young age. I’m sure your next chapter will be great too.” While Emma Honeywill said, “You did an absolutely amazing job, Bethany! Your future is very bright!”

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