Facelift for Market Place shop after council grant

Kettering's Market Place
Kettering's Market Place

A grant worth thousands of pounds has enabled a town-centre restaurant to get a facelift.

Kettering council made the £5,000 grant for improvement works at Mystic Diners on the Market Place.

The grant funding met half of the cost of the improvement works, which has transformed a tired-looking and dated shop front into something fresh and visually appealing and in keeping with the conservation area within which it is located.

The new shop front was designed by a local architect and the works have been undertaken by the council and local businesses.

Raunds-based Finch Signs completed the transformation of the shop front using traditional methods – and in doing so completed their 1,000th job since opening two years ago.

Darren Wesby of Finch Signs will be presenting the Mystic Diners owner with a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

Speaking about the landmark job, Mr Wesby said: “I am delighted that our 1,000th job is of a traditional handwriting style, which highlights one of the unique services we are able to offer.”

Alan Davies, a Kettering council development officers, encouraged other businesses to find out more about the grant funding available for shop front improvements.

He said: “We’d like to encourage any business in Kettering town centre who is interested in improving their shop front to get in touch and find out more about the grant funding available.”

The owner of Mystic Diners, Okkes Dari, said, “I am delighted with the new shop front, it looks fantastic.”