ENTERPRISING Sara Mouallem has swapped the classroom for the coffee shop, to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Stalybridge.
On Saturday (9 March, 2013) former maths teacher Sara opened the doors to Sara’s Dip and Tea for the first time.
The Stalybridge mum – who has spent years cooking for family and friends - hopes her unique mix of traditional afternoon tea and Mediterranean dishes will prove popular.
And on Friday (8 March, 2013) Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds called in to the Armentieres Square cafe to wish Sara well.
Mr Reynolds said: “The addition of Sara’s Dip and Tea will bring a unique blend of English and Mediterranean cuisine to the heart of Stalybridge – and I think its addition to the town centre is genuinely exciting.
“I have always thought that the picturesque area around Armentieres Square would be an ideal place for people to meet for a coffee or a snack. And the opening of this cafe is a further step in the regeneration of this part of the town.
“Of course, changing shopping habits and the impact of the economic downturn mean the success of high streets across the country are under threat - with many shops standing empty and consumers shopping elsewhere.
“But in Stalybridge there is a real determination to make sure the town centre remains a vibrant hub for the community and a recognition that the retail aspects of our high streets and town centres will only survive if they offer customers something they cannot access anywhere else.”
In recent months the Stalybridge Town Team – of which Mr Reynolds is a member - has been at the forefront of a drive to breathe new life into the town.
The Team brings together residents, traders, church leaders, councillors and officials, all working together to make Stalybridge a better place for people to live, to work and to shop.
Published 13 March, 2013