Businesswomen take the lead to revive Scunthorpe town centre

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 9 Aug 2017

Business women are taking the lead in reviving the retail fortunes of the Scunthorpe town centre.

And Joanne Christie has struck a blow for fellow mums by offering free baby-changing and feeding facilities at her premises.

Mum-of-two Joanne, 36, said: “I believe we have filled a void in the Scunthorpe town centre for mothers out shopping with their babies.”

Opening her Tiny Tots Store in premises on the corner of Mary Street and Dunstall Street is the third relocation for the business in six years.

A hairdresser by trade. Joanne started her enterprise by opening a stall on Scunthorpe Market.

After six months she relocated to permanent premises on FrodinghamRoad.

Joanne celebrated the opening of her new shop by raising £400 for the neo-natal intensive care unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Initially, Tiny Tots is trading from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Over on Scunthorpe High Street, two Polish-born businesswoman believe they have found a haven in the vaults of the former Yorkshire Bank.

Anna Dymecka, 33, and Paulina Makowksa, 27, have naturally named their bisstro-cafe Haven.

Mum-of-two Ann and Paula, who has one child, plan to mix the best of English and Polish cuisine for their initial business venture.

They said: “We hope we can help make the High Street a happier place for shoppers.”

To do so they have even incorporated a play area for children in the premises.

The partners plan to serve up English-style breakfast at £3.99 a time, as well as sweet treats like carrot cake seven days a week.

The Haven trades from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and from noon until 6pm on Sundays.

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