Lida provides real taste of Europe

Lida Petraviciute has set up a Lithuanian, Russian and Polish food shop with help from Enterprise Coaching

Lida Petraviciute has set up a Lithuanian, Russian and Polish food shop with help from Enterprise Coaching

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A businesswoman who came to Corby seven years ago has brought a taste of her homeland to the town.

Lida Petraviciute set up Eastern European food shop Kalinka, in Pytchley Court, about two months ago and is already building her customer base.

Lithuanian Mrs Petraviciute, 31, sells food from Russia, Poland and Lithuania, including items requested by her customers.

These include breads, deli meats, cooking sauces and frozen items, all imported by the shop.

She had been working as a self-employed cleaner before deciding to set up the shop, and her long-term ambition is to open a restaurant in the town.

She said: “It is getting better and better. I keep a clean shop and keep it nice for customers to give them the best possible service.

“The items are what people have asked for. I ask them what they would like to see in the shop and order it in on request.

“There are not any other Eastern European shops so it is good for people, especially if they haven’t got transport.

“I have always wanted to do it. A restaurant is my dream.”

Mrs Petraviciute had advice on her venture from Corby-based Enterprise Coaching, a free service for people looking to set up their own business.

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Anyone looking for business advice can contact social entrepreneur in residence Jay Taylor on 07713 087950.

For more information on Kalinka, call 07411 475917 or email lida_petraviciute@mail.ru.