We are a family run business on the south east coast in a small town called Deal (near Dover). Our nearest large “well known” bath bomb shop is over 20 miles (40 minutes’ drive) away in Canterbury so we thought there must be a gap in the market for a small independent retailer. We started testing local demand for bath bombs by selling at farmers markets and small outdoor markets in March 2015. By September 2015 we had enough confidence in our business to commit to a small bricks and mortar shop (very small 15 sq ft). The business grew rapidly and we had customers travelling up to 20 miles to shop with us. We soon needed help in running the shop so employed our eldest son, Jack, for three days a week. Within a year we realised we needed larger premises so began looking. It took nearly another year to find our perfect shop but finally in September 2017 we moved to where we are now. It is a lovely shop, big but not so big as to lose the family business feel, our son now works five days a week. From October 2018 our second son, Max, has joined the team and also works five days a week. Our youngest boy, Archie, works as and when he can (or when he wants to) in between 6th form. We are open every day, fifty weeks a year (we close for two weeks after Christmas). Until now we mainly used Facebook to communicate and advertise (plus old fashioned word of mouth of course!). We are looking to continually develop our website during the coming year although finding time to do this has been challenging. We can honestly say although it is hard work, we absolutely love it and genuinely look forward to coming in to work every day.
Jane & Mike Wood, Jack, Max & Archie!
Market Stall beginnings First Little Shop
Move to New Larger Shop
Inside of New Shop
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