Just over 5 years ago, Hayden and I set off from our London home in a large removal van full of all our worldly goods, including a picnic cooler full of goldfish, to set up a new life and our own business in Harrogate, in what had previously been a video hire shop.
On 13 January 2010, after a few weeks of painting, decorating, and waiting for our chairs to be delivered through deep snowdrifts on the motorway, Bean & Bud opened its doors for the first time. On our first day of trading we probably had 5 or 6 customers brave it through the elements! Five years on, Bean & Bud is a thriving business. We have survived triple-dip recession and lived to tell the tale, have appeared in the Guardian online as well as local press, and have won national awards. More importantly, we have built up a great customer base made up of great regulars as well as people seeking us out from far and wide to try out our great coffee.
We will be holding a small celebration at the shop on Saturday 24 January from 6pm, with some specially crafted beer by BAD Co., bubbles, fancy nibbles by Norse and one or two surprises. It would be great to see you there. If you can’t make it, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over our 5 years. If you do plan to come it would be great if you could let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org, so we have some idea of numbers.
Here’s to the next 5 years!