New Richmond business shakes things up

Lisa Lapham, owner of Shake It Up following the shop's opening.

A new Richmond business is providing sweet relief for families looking for a pandemic pick-me-up.

Shake It Up was opened in Richmond’s Trinity Church Square, opposite the market hall, in August by Barnard Castle businesswoman Lisa Lapham.

The shop sells milkshakes, waffles, brownies, ice creams, Tango Ice Blasts and other sweet treats.

It’s currently operating as a takeaway due to limited space in the former second-hand bookshop, but Lisa hopes to open as a cafe too when covid restrictions are eased.

There were queues up the street when they first opened, and they have remained very busy, particularly at weekends.

The shop employs one full-time member of staff, one apprentice and three part-time workers.

Lisa and husband Ben’s daughter Lilly plays for Richmond Town U15 girls and she and several of her teammates are working in the shop, which is also sponsoring the team this season.

“We’ve been delighted with the response from Richmond to the business – we’re getting some graat feedback.

“We’re glad we can help and make people a little happier at the moment.”

The shop is open 11am to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday.

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