Win a treat box from Sunderland's new sweet shop Kets 'n' Pop

Sweet tooths are in for a treat with this giveaway from a new Sunderland business.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 4:45 pm
Kets 'N' Pop shop owner Catherine Forsyth is offering a sweet box for a reader competition

Noticing a gap in the market for dedicated sweet shops in the area, Kets ‘n’ Pop opened its doors in Brandling Street, Roker, in July 2020, following the first lockdown.

It’s a difficult time to open any business, especially when new ventures aren’t eligible for the Government grants, however, Kets ‘n’ Pop is already enjoying the sweet smell of success thanks to its huge range of confectionery and treat boxes.

At the helm of the store is owner Catherine Forsyth who sells hundreds of treat boxes a week, of various sizes, which can be bought in store or ordered for delivery through its social media pages.

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The business opened for the first time in 2020, a difficult year for city businesses

Speaking about how the venture came about, Catherine said: “I used to go to sweet shops when I was younger and always had happy memories of them. I had the idea of opening one for a couple of years and actually got the keys in February.

"Then lockdown 1 hit, so I couldn’t get to B&Q to renovate or to the wholesalers for stock. Eventually we could open in July, just after the first lockdown. It has been difficult, but our customers have really kept us going, they’re the ones who’ve kept us open. We get older customers who come in for traditional sweets like black bullets, while the kids like any of the jelly sweets.”

As it sells food, Kets ‘n’ Pop is able to remain open for click & collect or deliveries, with opening hours of Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm.

The shop sells a broad range of sweets


We have a treat box weighing 1.5kilos to give away to one lucky reader, worth £12. The winner can choose 15 varieties of sweets to be included in the box, which can be delivered anywhere in the Sunderland area, or can be collected in store.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: where in Roker is Kets ‘n’ Pop?

::A: Brandling Street

Inside the new sweet shop

::B: Bright Street

::C: Bede Street

Email your answer, along with your name and address, to [email protected] by January 25. Note: as staff are unable to work from our office, we unfortunately cannot accept postal entries at this time. Usual JPI Media competition rules apply.

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