Some readers might remember that in an earlier edition of In Retrospect I wrote about purchasing my first classic car, Aubrey, a 1968 British Racing Green Morris Minor. Well buying that car last spring turned out to be more of an adventure than we thought it was ever going to be. Now, we got lucky, as unlike many Classic British cars Aubrey was mainly structurally and mechanically sound. However there were a few things we wanted to attend to like upgrading the electrics, re-spraying some of the paintwork and some minor welding to the floor pan. Here is how we did it.
Now as with any motor vehicle there is always a lot of teeth sucking and ‘It’s going to cost you’ whenever you look to get work done. In order to finance some of these works we thought about doing a sideline in wedding car hire. However this would have been a great idea if we’d had the foresight to have purchased a four door, no bride I know would relish the idea of clambering ungraciously out of the passenger seat of an old moggy whilst clad in a spotless dress. We stumbled on our business idea when my hubby said one day that he thought the peculiarly idiosyncratic parcel shelf would make a great pull out bar, bingo! Our dedication to and love of our moggy doesn’t stretch to that very outdated habit of drinking and driving, but we did think the idea of a mobile bar could be a winner and as we both love gin we decided this would be the perfect route. Gin and Bear It was born.
For anyone starting a new business market research is key. Is your business actually needed? So rather than take extensive surveys of people to see whether there was a need for a retrospective mobile gin bar we decided, as you do, to head straight to our local hostelry. This may sound like the musing of an alcoholic however there was method to this idea. As we had decided that gin would be our specialty we only thought it right that we try Brighton Gin for the first time and we knew that our local pub The Urchin stocked it.