Sisters open new fairytale-themed cafe in Sunderland

Jenny Short, husband Michael Short, staff Susan Edwards and sister Grace McKenzie.
Jenny Short, husband Michael Short, staff Susan Edwards and sister Grace McKenzie.
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Sisters hope their new venture will leave them living happily ever after as they begin to welcome customers to their fairytale-themed cafe.

Enchantment has been set up by Jennifer Short and Grace McKenzie in Olive Street, Sunderland, in the former Cafe 18.

The  mural painted on the wall of the cafe.

The mural painted on the wall of the cafe.

Murals have been painted on the walls by Andy Young to create the perfect setting, with storytelling sessions also held for youngsters.

Jennifer, 28, from Grangetown, said: “We’ve opened it as a family cafe that wasn’t just that, somewhere weird and wonderful.
“We have a liquor licence and so cocktails is something we’re going to so, and we want somewhere all age groups can come and relax.

“We’ve given it a fantasy fairy tale theme, so children will be entertained, but then we thought if people have children, it might be nice if there was something for them.

“We’ve been feeling quite nervous about it, but it’s all come together.

We’ve been feeling quite nervous about it, but it’s all come together.

Jennifer Short

“We’ve been working on sketches and ideas for it for ages.

“It’s a great location and it’s got a garden so people can sit out and gives it so much potential and it’s south facing.”

The cafe is specialising in freak shakes, milkshakes with added treats, and has put together a cocktail list which follows the storytelling theme, along with ‘skinny plates’ of salads, fish finger sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and breakfasts.

The business is also being supported by former personal trainer Jennifer’s husband, Michael, 25, with the couple parents to Aidan McKenzie, eight.

The peanut butter freak shake served up by Enchantment.

The peanut butter freak shake served up by Enchantment.

Grace, 22, has left a role with The White Company, based within Fenwick in Newcastle, to work with the business.