This weekend saw a new vegan shop open in Worcestershire.
The shop, As One Vegan Lifestyle, is on Lombard Street in Stourport. The opening was well-attended, with a stream of customers throughout the day.
Proprietor Lindsey, who has fulfilled her dream of starting a small business, after retiring from her work in social care, said: “I became vegan 18 months ago, having been vegetarian for many years, so opening a shop promoting a humane diet and lifestyle seemed a natural thing to do.
“I’ve been encouraged by the big interest in veganism of many local people I’ve spoken to and I’m delighted at the number of customers we had on Saturday.
“Everything in the shop is totally free from animal products, with many of the food items also being organic or gluten-free, and we also sell beauty and household products that have not been tested on animals.”
Ronald Lee, communications officer for local vegan education group, Wyre Forest Vegan Action, is confident the store will be a great success. He said: “With the huge interest in veganism in recent years, we estimate there are now almost 1,000 vegans in the Wyre Forest area and several times that number of people who are keen to adopt a more compassionate lifestyle.
“I’m sure the store will attract lots of customers, especially as it sells many excellent vegan products that aren’t currently available in health shops or supermarkets.