A DARLINGTON businesswoman is preparing to launch her business after gaining approval at a Darlington Borough Council planning meeting back in October 2021.

Shalona Beaumont will be opening MJ’s Cake Cafe at 15 Station Terrace in Middleton St George on Saturday, May 28.

The shop and cafe will open from 8am and Shalona is planning to stay open until around 6pm, or until she sells out.

There will be plenty of children’s activities to keep little ones entertained as well, including face painting and balloon modelling.

15 Station Terrace was a dilapidated building until Shalona decided it would make the perfect place for her business.

The Northern Echo: What 15 Station Terrace in Middleton St George looked like in Autumn 2021. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTWhat 15 Station Terrace in Middleton St George looked like in Autumn 2021. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

The Northern Echo: MJ's Cake Cafe opens next week in Middleton St George, Darlington. Picture: MJ'S CAKE CAFE/FACEBOOK MJ's Cake Cafe opens next week in Middleton St George, Darlington. Picture: MJ'S CAKE CAFE/FACEBOOK

Read more: Why this Darlington woman 'burst into tears' after planning application was approved

The sweet treat extraordinaire is naming the shop MJ’s Cake Cafe after her daughter, Millie June.

From early June, Shalona will also have a chef starting, meaning there will be more than cake and scones on the menu, there will soon be brunch options available.

Shalona is also offering afternoon teas and is excited to bring some life back to the building that has stood empty for years.

The Northern Echo: What the interior of 15 Station Terrace looks like now, compared to Autumn 2021. Pictures: SHALONA BEAUMONTWhat the interior of 15 Station Terrace looks like now, compared to Autumn 2021. Pictures: SHALONA BEAUMONT

Shalona said: “To be honest I can't believe it's finally happeneing. The last few months have been difficult organising everything but we’ve just got one final push now and I’m looking forward to finally opening.

“The building has taken so much work, it really was a mess at first but it’s looking pretty good now. It just needs a few final touches.

“It's been me, myself and I doing all the baking but I’ve also got some baristas now so it won’t just be me, and a chef starting soon.

“We’re opening on that Saturday because the kids break up on the Friday before so I thought the parents could do with something to keep the kids entertained.”

The Northern Echo: A perfect place for coffee and cake. Picture: SHALONA BEAUMONTA perfect place for coffee and cake. Picture: SHALONA BEAUMONT

The Northern Echo: The entrance has a modern look. Picture: SHALONA BEAUMONTThe entrance has a modern look. Picture: SHALONA BEAUMONT

Read more: How dilapidated shop near Darlington will be transformed as planning application approved

The shop will be open Monday-Saturdays from 8am to 6pm and Sundays and Bank Holidays will be 10am to 4pm.

At the planning meeting in October, Shalona won over every councillor as it was unanimously decided that Shalona’s idea should become a reality.

--

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also follow our dedicated Darlington Facebook page for all the latest in the area by clicking here.

For all the top news updates from right across the region straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on newsdesk@nne.co.uk or contact 01325 505054