A Buckland Brewer woman has returned to the sweet shop she worked in as a teenager to take over at the helm.

Anneli Talbot-Imber, owner of Fancy Something Sweet, has returned to the shop which cemented her passion to be a chocolatier.

The 50-year-old is expanding her successful, home-based confectionery business into the High Street by taking over The Chocolate Box in Mill Street.

Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough with Anneli Talbot-Imber, owner of Fancy Something Sweet in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford mayor Dermot McGeough with Anneli Talbot-Imber, owner of Fancy Something Sweet in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The shop, which was officially opened by town mayor Dermot McGeough on February 13, will continue as a chocolate and sweet shop, but the stock will be mostly handmade by Anneli.

She said: “I worked in the shop as a Saturday girl in the early 1980s, although it was located in the shop next door at the time.

Fancy Something Sweet has opened in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsFancy Something Sweet has opened in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

“For years I had experimented making chocolate and sweets in my mum’s kitchen, but working in the shop reinforced my desire to be a chocolatier.

“I went on to study Bakery and Confectionery at Plymouth College, but it wasn’t until my children grew up that I set up Fancy Something Sweet in 2012.”

Bideford mayor Dermot McGeough with Anneli Talbot-Imber, owner of Fancy Something Sweet in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford mayor Dermot McGeough with Anneli Talbot-Imber, owner of Fancy Something Sweet in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Anneli said she had always dreamed of having her own chocolate shop, and jumped at the chance when the retail unit became available.

She said: “It was in the previous family since the 1890s, so it was important for me to continue it as a chocolate and sweet shop.

“It has been closed for a week-or-so, whilst we re-furbished the shop, but reopened on Tuesday stocked with all my confectionery goodies.

“We will also be continuing with existing favourites for the current regular customers.”

Fancy Something Sweet supplies handmade Devon clotted cream fudge and personalised novelty chocolate items, via mail order nationally, to local businesses and also exhibits at local markets and fairs.