It's a traditional sweet shop at the heart of a New Forest community in a quirky Edwardian building with timber beams and wonky walls.

Truffles of Lymington sells sweets in jars, pick and mix, chocolates, loose tea leaves and coffee beans to loyal customers young and old. 

Owner Bev Laimbeer took over the shop seven years ago from the retiring previous owner, but there's been a shop on the site since the early 1900s. 

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She told the Daily Echo: "There aren't many traditional sweets shops selling sweets in jars and pick and mix. So you get that wow factor when you walk through the door.

"Adults who remember coming in as children now bring their own children in explaining how they would spend their pocket money. It's great for kids to get a sense of value of money by counting out their own sweets so they know how much things cost, very important in today's economic climate. 

"We also sell loose tea leaves and coffee beans by 200g and put into paper bags. There's nothing like the smell of freshly ground coffee or tea made with proper leaves 

"I have the best staff. They're always warm and friendly and will go the extra mile to help find the perfect gift or card. Some customers just come in for a chat. For some elderly people we could be the only ones they talk to that day. We always make sure they are welcomed and feel valued."

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Beverley and her team are encouraging residents and visitors to support independent businesses amid the cost of living crisis and in the wake of the pandemic. 

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She added: "The pandemic was tough on all businesses. You had to think outside the box. I started delivering to customers homes or to The Village News in Milford on Sea where they could be collected.

"I also served from the door at times. it wasn't perfect but it still allowed me to have a presence and to keep the business going.

"It's important that people support our independent businesses and keep the High Street alive. The cost of living has had an impact on everyone and we are doing our best to minimise the impact but we all need the public to use the high streets to help it survive."

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