With valuable insight & knowledge I have gained working for other large retailers, I am now embarking on realising my dream of developing my own neighbourhood store. Customers in general are increasingly savvy & discerning about where their products come from. The craft beer 'revolution' epitomises this perfectly. Drinkers have embraced these new craft breweries due to the quality of the product & the fact that they can experiment with new & interesting flavours much more than the with traditional breweries. The same applies to craft chocolate where customers can see the whole supply chain from bean to bar, and are aware of all additives along the way. Akin to the coffee revolution that has swept from the southern hemisphere to all corners of the world including London, craft beer and chocolate will continue to grow as they grow more, and initiate more customers to their flavours.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The local high street has traditionally been the focal point of the local community where you could purchase a wide range of goods for the home. As times have changed supermarkets have changed the shape of our high streets both for the better & worse. Across London & the country, local shops are now fighting back & again providing valuable services to their local communities and to benefit the local high street. Having worked in retail & customer service for twenty years, I want to transform an empty unit & provide such a service to the people of Hither Green & environs. I intend to work with lots of other small producers & plan to have regular meet the maker events where customers can learn more about the products & the people who make them. The first one is lined up for mid- February with Phil Landers from Land Chocolate (www.landchocolate.com). To conclude, an empty, unattractive unit will be transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood store - a great idea !
Steps to get it done:
I have been working on this idea for nearly a year; it has been a lot more difficult than I imagined securing a property which is hopefully being tied up with solicitors at the moment. During this time I have been working part-time at a brewery in Bermondsey (Partizan Brewery) to learn more about the industry & also make contacts. During this time I have built my website myself & also been gaining momentum on Twitter which has helped to test the market for my launch. Last week I did a Christmas market outside the shop which was hugely successful & had numerous queries about when the physical shop would be opening. I now need a final push to make this hard work happen & provide a local vibrant offering for the local community & brighten up a disused site.
About the space
London Borough of Lewisham