New ‘old-fashioned’ sweet shop opening in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:15 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 07 February 2018

The Happy Humbug is opening in Honiton on Tuesday (February 6).

The Happy Humbug is opening in Honiton on Tuesday (February 6).


The Happy Humbug is based at 69 High Street,the former home of Otter Antiques.

A new sweet shop which prides on giving its customers an ‘old fashioned traditional’ experience is opening in Honiton tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Happy Humbug will open its doors to the public at 69 High Street - the former home of Otter Antiques.

Owner Ann Wilson said while it will offer an old-school vibe to customers, the shop has a dash of ‘quirkiness’ - including selling gift hampers, party and wedding favours, and corporate gifts.

It will also incorporate Honiton’s famous lace into its gifts - by using them as ribbons and other decorative embellishments.

Ann, who formerly owned The Kings Arms pub in Winkleigh, said: “Currently, the only place selling Honiton lace is Allhallows Museum.

“[Setting up the shop] has just gone as if it was meant to be.

“The shop is perfect - it is housed in a 400-year-old building and everything is going well.”

The move to open a new sweet shop in Honiton may come under some scrutiny after The Chocolate Box closed earlier this year, with its owner citing a lack of trade as the reason.

However, Ann said: “We are in a good position as far as footfall goes.

“We will also be selling different items, such as fudge for tourists.

“We want to offer good old-fashioned service where everyone is welcome to have a look and can pop in to say hello.”

A spokesman for Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce said: “The chamber is very pleased to see another empty shop filled and opening shortly.

“This is a very positive development for High Street and which compensates for a similar shop that recently closed in New Street.

“We trust the shop is going to do well in a thriving town such as Honiton.”

Contact The Happy Humbug by calling 07895 770151.

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