Lytham High Street Heroes - a look a local business owners

PUBLISHED: 12:35 31 July 2013

Elizabeth Watson, Acorn Antiques

Elizabeth Watson, Acorn Antiques


At 17, Elizabeth Watson has to be one of the youngest shopkeepers in Britain. She has just opened Acorn Antiques in Bath Street, just off Clifton Street

Tom Watson, Lytham Cheese shopTom Watson, Lytham Cheese shop

A sign of her passion for all things ancient sits outside the shop – her 1960 Morris Minor next to a 1966 Wolseley owned by her dad, popular singer and restaurateur Peter Anthony. The shop has been open around three months. ‘When I was growing up, home was more like an antique shop. I was surrounded by Royal Doulton and Wedgwood,’ she said.

Dad’s passion for antiques and cooking was handed down to Elizabeth – when she’s not minding her shop she’s cooking at the Clifton Arms Hotel.

Adele Smith at The Flip Pancake and Waffle HouseAdele Smith at The Flip Pancake and Waffle House

Another business filled with echoes of the past is Heima, a beautiful canopied shop on the corner of Station Road and Wharton Street in what has been branded ‘The Windmill Quarter’. It specialises in restored furnishing from the shabby chic to the quirky.

Owner of Heima – it’s Icelandic for At Home – is Jo Richardson. She and her husband owned a busy newsagents in Manchester, but two major burglaries persuaded them to change their lives.

They started off running the antique shop two doors away and Jo plans to use it for painting workshops now she is an Annie Sloan stockist. ‘When this place came up it was so beautiful we had to have it – and we ended up with two shops!’

Lytham new boy is Steve Norris, who had taken over an institution, The Taps. He was one of 50 who applied for the job when former landlord Ian Rigg hung up his pint pot and retired. ‘This is a world-renowned pub and that was brought home to me when I was on holiday in New York and went to a famous real ale bar called The Ginger Man,’ said Steve. ‘I got chatting and mentioned I was going to run a pub called The Taps and one of the Americans said: “Do you mean The Taps in Lyth Ham?”

It is thought The Taps was once the drinking hole for naval officers who didn’t want to mix with the sailors who frequented what was appropriately, The Jolly Sailor, just a few yards away

The Jolly Sailor is now The Vinery, run by Judy Viner and her team, supported by husband Steve, a commercial pilot. They spent many months restoring and renovating the building, adding a patio and orangery at the back and turning this into a very smart tea room.

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