The Soup Seller, a much-loved addition to Glossop’s High Street West, is calling on urgent local support so that it can continue trading in the town centre.
Launched in 2012, the café has developed a loyal following due to its homemade hearty soups, lovingly-made cakes and an ethical, ecological approach to both food and business. But despite its fans, high business rates, competition from big chains and the soaring cost of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and utilities have resulted in this local eatery struggling for survival.
Rather than give up hope and admit defeat, The Soup Seller’s founder, Jenny Kieras, has hit on a novel – and very community-driven – way to raise money and stay on the high street.
Jenny is calling on local businesses and people to take part in crowd-funding, a process which allows fans to pledge and donate money in exchange for rewards from The Soup Seller.
Jenny said: “We are asking anyone who loves our soup, or who wants to support a truly local business, to pledge money in exchange for meals, soup recipes, soup travel mugs and even invites to our seasonal tasting sessions. Our food is made from proper, locally-sourced ingredients and everything is made from scratch and with lots of love. We want to extend our business and give back to the local community. We’d like to donate our organic compost to people who grow their own vegetables and we’d even like to host events for local children to learn about food and where it comes from.
“As it stands, if we don’t generate the funding required. We’d have to close altogether which would be heart breaking. So, if you’d like to take part in this community venture, please donate by November 11th and Save our Soup!”
The Soup Seller, located at 73 High Street West, sells lovingly-created sandwiches, cakes and homemade soups from locally-sourced ingredients, as well as Fairtrade coffee and proper tea. Everything, even the stock used for the soups and the pesto – is made from scratch by Jenny and her team. The venue also plays host to The Mama Café, and is children, baby and breast-feeding friendly.
The Soup Seller’s Crowd Funding initiative has a deadline of November 11th 2014. Proper food fans can Save our Soup by visiting www.crowdfunder.co.uk/soup-seller to pledge small or large gifts to keep this fabulous local business open. The Soup Seller will be closed temporarily from week commencing October 27th.