The traditional sweet shop will always have a special place in the heart of the British shopper. But Martin and Jess thought it was time for the sweet shop to be modernised, and felt there was a gap in the market for a store selling quality confectionery in an attractive and modern setting, with quality packaging. They wanted to create a shop where the confectionery would be the star.
Jess and Martin hope to create some of that theatre within the Treat Kitchen with their on-site fudge kitchen. Customers will be able to see the fudge being made, smell the sweet aromas and watch as the Treat Kitchen team add all kinds of delicious ingredients.
Once the confectionery has been enjoyed, the glass packaging can be enjoyed and reused again and again. Taking advantage of the current enthusiasm for up-cycling, Martin and Jess chose quality packaging that could be reused in all manner if different ways… take a look on our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest sites for great ideas and inspiration of just what you can do with an empty milk bottle or jam jar.
Confectionery is part of his family history. The Barnett family have two confectionery factories in Nottingham; the oldest was opened back in the 1890s.
Martin and Jess Barnett recently spent three years living in Australia where Martin worked for Australia’s largest retail group as a confectionery buyer and Jess worked for RMIT University. Following the birth of their son Max in February last year, they decided to move back to Nottingham and act on a dream that they had been forming for some time, opening their own confectionery store.
Always keeping on trend and continuously developing their product range, The Treat Kitchen will move with the times to always bring their customers the best in luxury confectionery.
In just over a year The Treat Kitchen has opened three stores in the UK, and Martin and Jess plan to carry on expanding across the UK and eventually export outside the UK as well.
Jess has worked in marketing and administration for over eight years in many different areas. During that time she has got involved in many different business activities such as events management, promotions, product launches and hospitality. She shares Martin’s interest in retail and has assisted him in choosing the ranges for the Treat Kitchen. As Martin and Jess were both born and raised in Nottingham they are delighted to have found several local suppliers for the store.
Please note from March 2016 Jess will on maternity leave so any marketing or management related enquiries will be forwarded to the right person in her firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin has been involved in retail all his working life, starting out selling sweets from a market stall with his dad. Later in life Martin started working as a buyer and merchandiser going on to work for several major retailers both in the UK and overseas. Confectionery is part of his family history with family members still owning sweet factories in and around Nottingham. He has a keen interest in finding exciting products to add to The Treat Kitchen’s range of luxury email@example.com
varieties of sugar free confectionery
flavours of gourmet jelly beans
varieties of boiled sweets
Based in Huthwaite Edwardian Confectionery produce hand crafted boiled sweets and rock. Owner Michael Barnett (Martin’s Uncle) has been a sugar boiler for fifty eight years. Michael uses traditional copper boiling pans to mix the ingredients then rolls the rock into shape by hand on huge cooling tables. His rock is extremely popular and will make a colourful addition to The Treat Kitchen.
The Treat Kitchen will be a colourful site thanks to the thirty-six varieties of gourmet jelly bean crafted by The Jelly Bean Factory. There is a bean for everyone, each one bursting with flavours ranging from cinnamon right through to cranberry and apple. Great news also for those with allergies all the beans are GMO, gelatine, gluten and fat free.
The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company are based in Cotgrave just outside Nottingham. They came up with the clever idea of combining two favourite treats Pizza and chocolate to create a unique gourmet gift. They use the finest quality ingredients for the base and toppings including luxury dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate.
Tilleys produce a wide range of sweets including familiar favourites such as rhubarb and custard and mint humbugs. Starting a small sweet shop in 1885 Tilleys have grown over the years and now have a huge factory in Kettering. They have retained their traditional production methods but still moved with the times. In fact Tilleys have produced an exclusive range of desert themed gourmet boilings that have a soft centre that bursts with flavour. The range includes; Lemon Meringue Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Rhubarb Crumble and Banoffee Pie.
Stockley’s have been manufacturing quality confectionery since 1918. We have carefully chosen a range of sugar free sweets by Stockley’s which use naturally occurring sugars so there is no compromise on flavour. We can’t wait for people to try them.
Martin has worked with Lily O’Brien’s the Irish chocolatiers for many years now and that’s because they make delicious chocolates. Like The Treat Kitchen Lily’s is a family business, Mary Ann O’Brien honed her chocolate-making skills among world class chefs and chocolatiers around the world before starting her own business from her Kildare kitchen in 1992. Customers at The Treat Kitchen will be able to select their own favourites from a carefully selected range of Lily’s chocolates from our counter. Lily’s are also providing the Treat Kitchen with beautifully presented selection boxes packed full of mouth-watering chocolate creations.