Well now - a Happy New Year to one and all. We're taking a short break from Monday 15 to Friday 19 January. Then we'll be back for your breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon pleasure. Tea, coffee and cakes, juices and smoothies available all day of course... In the meantime, thanks to all our customers, suppliers and Team Store for 2017. Looking forward to 2018 in wonderful Whitstable.
Still busy hence lack of monthly updates. Will try harder in 2018.
The main event was undoubtedly winning a 2017 IBAK award. So proud. We took TeamStore to the finalists' dinner and we were all equally chuffed. They played appropriate music for each winner so we sussed it when the theme tune from Cheers started up. Also lovely because that is how we would like our customers to feel.
The Christmas windows have been installed and our fourth birthday cake has arrived. It's Small Business Saturday and our fourth birthday tomorrow, Saturday 2 December. Christmas stock is arriving and we're starting to feel festive,
'What happened to those summer updates' we hear you cry. Well, it's no excuse really, but we were just so busy. So, while we're a bit mortified, we were happy too.
So, now we're here, what happened?
The Whitstable Oyster Festival moved away from the town centre to the Tankerton Slopes. While we were a bit worried, it turned out to be absolutely for the best. It was busy but calmer in the town centre and - selfishly - we had a lovely, busy weekend.
Harbour Day was it's usual affable self. The Regatta, hitherto in August, has moved to September.
Lunch has really taken off at the Store. People do love a good sandwich. Tuna mayo, we observe is perhaps the favourite filling for sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes.
Our courtyard garden continues to be hailed as "an oasis", a "sanctuary", a bird-filled "pocket of calm". It's all music to our ears and it's lovely watching people relax.
And finally, on the last day of August, we got the gladsome news that we are finalists in the first ever IBAK (Independent Business Awards Kent). We received a lovely anonymous nomination, for which our very grateful thanks, and are so chuffed. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
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