Local quality food is recipe for success
THIS week's Shop of the Week is family-run Peppers café, deli and wholefoods shop in Shepton Mallet High Street.
Peppers is owned by Mark Palmer, his wife, Caroline, and her sister Julie Duncan.
Mr Palmer said: "During their younger years they both worked in delis in London and then went their separate ways. Caroline and I ran pubs and came down to Bath and spent 25 years owning a pub in Bath but decided to retire from that.
"The two girls got together and sent me on an errand and when I got back Julie decided she wanted to get out of London and we decided on a deli. It would have to be something on the larger side to afford three lots of wages.
"We looked around and came across two derelict buildings in Shepton. We knocked a hole through the wall and made one premises which is now the deli and café.
"We've now been operating very successfully for seven years and we also operate a catering business from here."
Shepton Mallet Shop of the Week celebrates independent shops in the town and their importance in local economy.
Mr Palmer said: "If we don't have something we can get it, whereas the big national chains can't be bothered.
"It's the personal approach, we know people by name."
Alan Stone, projects co-ordinator for Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce, said: "Peppers stands out in Shepton High Street as one of the best examples of what an independent retailer should be doing – blending quality with local.
"I've had honey from Bowlish, many varieties of local cheese and excellent ciders Worley's from Dean and Pilton Cider from even nearer. All served by a friendly team who are keen to get involved in local activities."