Cheers to ten years as firm toasts success
A BOOMING Bubwith business is celebrating a decade of success.
The Jug and Bottle of Main Street in the village is this year marking its 10th anniversary, and in its honour has had a specially brewed draught beer made up.
Owners Louise and Doug Smith opened up the establishment in October 2002 as a specialist off licence and delicatessen.
Over the last decade, it is not just beer, wine and cider that The Jug & Bottle has provided for the people of Bubwith.
Louise has helped raised almost £20,000 from organising the Beer & Cider festival, a ‘Sign-a-Slate’ event whilst the Old School was being renovated, as well as giving away over £4,000 in prizes to support local charities and organisations in the village.
She also helps run activities for the local tennis club, church and pre-school.
Numerous awards have also been won since 2002, including becoming the quickest outlet to win York CAMRA’s “Outlet of the Season” within just seven months of opening. In addition, The Jug & Bottle was voted the National Community Off Licence of the Year in 2009 and became the first shop ever to retain a prestigious Drinks Retailing Award, when it was named Independent Cider Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row at a glittering ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel in London in February.
That made it the third time in the last four years that The Jug & Bottle had won a category at The National Drinks Retailing Awards and they were also runner’s up on two other occasions.
It’s not just the products on sale that have led to recognition for The Jug & Bottle.
In 2007, Louise and Doug received the Chairman’s Award for Enhancing the Built Heritage of the East Riding of Yorkshire. This was acknowledgement of the outstanding renovation that they had completed on The Old School and house – one of the older properties in Bubwith.
Outside of running the shop, the couple have also found time to get married in 2004 and have two children – Charlie in 2009 and Toby earlier this year in May.
Louise said: “It has obviously been tough in the current economic climate to keep going, but we are committed to offering the best possible range of products for our customers as well as a high quality buying experience. We have always strived to be different from other outlets by stocking beers, wines and ciders that cannot be found in mainstream stores. We have been rewarded with a loyal band of customers and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last ten years. Cheers!”
The Jug & Bottle hosts a variety of events throughout the year including beer testing and cheese and wine matching. Visit the website for more details www.jugandbottle.co.uk
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