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Mexican shop opens up at former Stonham Aspal pub the Ten Bells

PUBLISHED: 07:30 12 December 2014

James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.

James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.

If you live in Suffolk and want to purchase something Mexican, there is one place you should visit.

James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.
James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.

After trading for 15 years in London, Jim Denny and his wife, Ann, decided to relocate their Mexican business, Casa Mexico, to the middle of Suffolk in Stonham Aspal, near Stowmarket.

The shop is based in the Ten Bells pub which closed in March last year. Mr Denny, 76 said: “People will wonder why I’m here; when they come in they think it’s lovely and colourful, but we will have to wait and see.

“It’s too early to say how it will go, Suffolk is very different to London. We’re waiting to see what people are interested in and take it from there. I am assuming, but I do not know yet, that the emphasis may be on items for the garden. People have come from Cambridge and Colchester to visit the shop, we are not expecting a lot of local passing trade, people find us mainly because of the website.”

The shop sells a diverse array of goods, including wrestling masks, lanterns, tiles, food and drink and clothes.

James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.
James Denny recently opened up Casa Mexico shop in the old Ten Bells Pub in Stonham Aspal.

The shop opens from 10am-5pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.

6 comments

  • I too would like to wish Mr & Mrs Denny great success with this venture. After closing as a Pub the building had began to decay very quickly. Diversification of unused Public Houses is the sign of the times and a result of the change in society. Better this lovely old building is in the hands of Private local owners than becoming a National Corporate outlet in the Blue & Red!

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    T B

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

  • OK....I will be the first person on here to wish Mr Denny and his wife good luck on this brave and exciting venture. I will certainly take a trip out there and spend some money as I love Mexican arts and craft. All these sad Suffolk folk on here spouting ill-informed judgements and negative opinions are just typical. Quick to assume that the "Ten Bells" is now to be treated as a warehouse and because of the shallow inhabitants of Suffolk it will be closed in 6 months. If you have nothing nice to say then it might be better to say nothing. Haven,t a clue what Mr Bundy is waffling on about, perhaps he should of bought a gimp mask.

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    chantry

    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • My guess is that they treat it as a kind of warehouse only, and their main trade is via the internet i.e. not relying on passing customers.

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    blue&white

    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • Opened about 6 months ago, went in, very strange. I'm no Lord Sugar, but I can't see a business supplying Mexican gimp mask to the residents of the North Suffolk peninsular will fly of the shelves. Just had a quick look and 115 Mexican citizens were granted British citizenship last year. Not sure I would set up a British shop in the depths of Bolivia..

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • “It’s too early to say how it will go, Suffolk is very different to London." You're not kidding. I give it six months at the most.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • Prefer a pub to be honest.

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    Andrew Watson

    Friday, December 12, 2014

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