Remaining in Good Spirits
The picture above is what our shop looked like on Sunday. Apart from another barrel in the window and more stock it hasn’t changed since then despite the plan to be open the day after. Unfortunately we didn’t factor in a slow-moving – incompetent? – Council department or three. Let’s just say that certain people clearly have no idea of the impact they have on small businesses. Or the lives of those trying to do something for themselves.
All week we have waited and jumped through hoops and yet we are now at Friday with the shop still full and not a bottle sold. Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe what the three of us are going through right now. The Council is closed until Tuesday so Wednesday is probably a likely date to be thinking about now. That’s the 1st of June. It’ll be Christmas again soon.
At the risk of launching into a rant I’ll let you know a few things about the shop: we currently have 100 malts plus the biggest range of rum in Glasgow and many other spirits, champagne and fortified wines in stock. Our cigar humidor is the only proper Spanish Cedar one in the whole of Scotland and it smells wonderful. I could spend all day in there. Our living cask is about to be topped up with some more whisky, having had several litres of Highland Park 14yo from Glasgow’s Whisky Festival 2010 poured in recently. The record player on the counter helped us celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday during the week with a few rotations of some of his best albums. All in we are pretty proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to a long relationship with Glasgow’s discerning drinkers.
If only others would do their bit with some sort of urgency and let us get on with it!