In 2014, Raymond Shuai left the corporate world and opened Hong Kong’s first and still only traditional British sweet shop, Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, on Lyndhurst Terrace in Central. His wife Amy, having given birth months earlier to their second child, soon joined him to avoid the rat race in the city, and neither have looked back since.
The shop was a roaring success and attracted much media attention, and with such a wide array of fantastically colourful and delicious looking treats, Facebook and Instagram soon caught on with thousands of followers. Shops in Wanchai and Mongkok have since followed, and more are planned not just in Hong Kong, but across Asia.
The couple now spend their time (read have their hands full) looking after their three children, Fergus, Isabelle and Angus, who was born just before the opening of the Mongkok store, and running their mini empire. To avoid marital issues usually associated with working with one’s spouse, the pair have developed separate working routines with Amy looking after the logistics, sales and stock, and Raymond doing pretty much everything else, including but not limited to Head of IT. That way, arguments are limited to who ate the last Flake in the fridge, but then owning a sweet shop, the fridge is usually pretty well stocked.
Interestingly, the staff at Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe refer to Raymond as the “Boss”, but Amy as the “Supreme Leader”.