Last weekend we had the pleasure of working the Chesterfield Artisan market! This was our first foray into the world of Market retailing, and guess what? We absolutely loved it!
The markets are run by a small company called ‘The Market Co.’ They host pop up artisan markets in the north and are currently based around the Manchester area; Wilmslow, Haigh, Urmston, Chesterfield, Northwich and Ashbourne. They run once a month and showcase a wide range of Artisan products from local small businesses, sole traders and hobbyists. Cupcakes, coffee, jewellery or clothing; they have something for everybody.
We met some fantastic people, had great conversations and took so much valuable feedback away! If you were one of the people that stopped by the stall, thank you! It was great to share stories over coffee :-)
We’ll be honest, as this was our first market, we we’re winging it slightly. We didn’t have a real idea of how best to display the products, information leaflets, samples etc. And we didn’t know how to concisely explain the coffee bags whilst getting across all the key information. However, as more and more people passed through we listened to the questions they were asking, and used these as our starting point for the next set of people to come through. By the end of the day, we felt a lot more comfortable and clearer in our explanations of what we had to offer.
Chesterfield was the first time we got to sell our new Ethiopian coffee bags, and the introduction of our range of re-useable coffee cups. Both got great reviews and will be making their way onto the website very soon! The coffee cups are made an English company called Pokito. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of Pokito at the European Coffee expo early this summer. I had been on the look out for some quality re-usable coffee cups to add to the website, and Pokito ticked all the boxes. They are a collapsible cup which are perfect for commuters, travellers and people wanting something small and discreet. Not only that, but they fold into 3 different sizes of cup, perfect for your high street chain coffee shops. Small, Medium and Large. Pokito are the only collapsible cup currently on the market offering this design, and it won’t be long before you are seeing them everywhere! And with most coffee shops offering discounts for bringing your own cup; they will make an ideal stocking filler for this Christmas.
Singl Coffee’s next event will be the Manchester Great Northern Christmas Makers Market in November. Hopefully we will see some of you there!