As I don’t have any bricks and mortar yet with 20h33, I’m doing farmers markets and drinks markets at the weekend to supplement the wine dinners I do at different restaurants round London during the weeks. Friday nights I’m down in Covent Garden with a handful of other start up drinks companies. It’s great for someone who likes to try different drinks as we have all kinds of stuff there, from Cambridgeshire grape vodka to UK distilled rum. But usually over half the stalls are focused on beer.
At the markets I run on the weekends we’re all pretty limited in terms of space. We get our gazebos up and whatever you can do under that 3m by 3m space is up to you. I have to say though, I find it really hard to make the space look half decent. Any suggestions anyone has would be more than welcome!
The wife and I started trying to take advantage of living in London and re-introduced date nights into the week. I head onto Amazon Tickets, or whatever is spamming me with emails at the time, and pick up a couple of slots in the cheap seats at the back. Last of the romantics clearly! But whatever point there was in trying to save a couple of quid on ticket prices is blown out the water when you get into the bar area and it’s £10+ for a crap G&T. So what if there was a great place to go get a drink beforehand…
The whole point behind 20h33, the Bordeaux specialist company I run in the UK, is that we’re trying to show people all of Bordeaux. We’ve got the famous stuff, don’t get me wrong, but we’re hoping people try wines from around the whole region and see what a massive difference you have around the place. So biggest thing really is to get people tasting as much wine as possible and seeing which they like the most. But it’s tough.
Warning in advance here guys and girls, this is a post about the Primrose Hill food market (10-3 on Saturdays) I’ve been attending with 20h33 for the past few weeks. Those who aren’t comfortable with gratuitous descriptions of amazing food then best look away now! …you all still with me? Lovely stuff!
They have a saying in Norway that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. They should know, right? Well sometimes I’m afraid British weather doesn’t always comply with that law of nature. Wind, driving rain, and freezing temperatures are one of the joys of the British winter we look forward to every year. And trying to run a market stall in the middle of a day like that is not necessarily the most fun thing in the world!
If anything, I’m not sure why I’m bothering with a “Coming Up On…” post today. If it’s anything like last week then it’ll be out of the window by Wednesday regardless. A mixture of Jury Service, trying to get two start-up companies off the ground, market trading, chasing up logistics companies…well, you get the point. My routine has been seriously messed up!
My life has just taken a major turn for the better. After two weeks of solidly being glued to my chair in the office and getting all my accounts from the last 18 months up to date I’ve finally caught up with myself! Of course I celebrated by cracking open a bottle of wine and sitting through a really boring 0-0 draw between my team Liverpool and West Ham. Well, at least I had the wine!
I’ve been thinking recently about ways of getting the 20h33 brand out there to people. What I’m after being is an old school wine broker. I want my clients to be happy to ring me up and have a natter about what they’re after. I want them to know me, I want them to trust me, and that’s where my efforts need to lie at the minute. So if you’re looking to get to know your punters, where better to start than close to home?