The end of an era
For those of you who know me, you'll know I don't really do things by halves. I am a bit of a whirlwind; I see something I want and I make it my mission to go out and get it.
In the early days of summer of 2016, Rupert and I were in the process of saving for a deposit for a house and were brainstorming ways that we could make some extra cash to go towards. In a lightbulb kind of moment, Rupert - and actually, I am sure he wishes he'd never have said it - said, 'Wouldn't it be good to have a Pimm's van?'
Well, that was it. Off I went. This was a Wednesday. There was a food festival happening in the centre of Leeds that weekend, and with one overly confident of-course-we've-been-doing-this-for-years phone call, we were in. Two days later and we were behind a bar serving up drinks... With a few emails and phone calls later, I had booked our spur-of-the-moment bar up for the whole summer.
Channelling my inner Del Boy (this time next year Rodders, we'll be millionaires...), September approached and the season ended. Gin was quickly becoming the nation's favourite drink and I decided that our next venture would be a converted horse-box gin bar.
Another fully-booked season ensued. It's now approaching our third year of serving up and I was met with a question from a friend 'do you want to sell the trailer?, I have a friend who might be interested.'
I'll be honest, the thought had crossed my mind, but my immediate response was, not really. We had positioned ourselves to be known on the circuit and alongside giving us some extra money in the business, I really enjoyed it. I loved meeting different people on the way - both members of the public and traders - and despite the occasional set-backs and bad weather, I can honestly say that love dragging that trailer around the country.
A couple of weeks later, said friend arrived and fell in love with our baby. I tossed and turned for many a night debating whether selling up was the thing to do, but in the end decided that it was. I hadn't given enough time to booking in events, advertising or researching new ways we could get the trailer out there. In reality, we simply have no time to do it any more.
This week, I dropped The Extraordinary Travelling Gin Company off to its new owners and they are delighted. It's remarkable how much love one feels for something you have built yourself. I am really pleased that it has gone to someone who feels as much passion and energy as I - instead of just adding it to their 'fleet' of pop-up bars.
Janet & Darren, here's to you. Wishing you the very best of luck with your new venture.
For us, it's a bit of extra cash to put towards doing up Max and getting her in tip-top shape before hitting the road... whenever that may be.