Today we meet Charles from Message in a Bottle. A specialist bottle shop and weekend bar in Cleethorpes.
Tell me a little bit about you and your business?
I’m Charles, I’m 38 and I own message in a bottle which is specialist bottle shop and weekend bar in Cleethorpes. I am originally from Grimsby but lived in Yorkshire for a number of years and then moved ‘back home’ in 2016.
Whilst living in Leeds, I developed a passion for craft beer and was able to go part-time with my job in the NHS which allowed me to set up the first ever craft beer shop in the area. Starting just as a shop specialising in beer, we now have a weekend bar every Saturday and Sunday and sell a wide range of premium spirits.
When we opened there was nowhere for people to buy local ales or craft beer. From day one, it was clear that there was a demand and thankfully things have gone really well. I was fortunate enough to have lots of help from family and friends, without which it wouldn’t be possible.
As for me, if I’m not at message in a bottle, I’m usually working from home! I love going to Haverstoe Park and the beach with my family – we are so lucky to have so much on our door step. Other than that, I spent a lot of time ferrying my daughter to dance classes and competitions, but try to make time to watch Grimsby Town when I can.
Thank you Charles for an insight into your business! I definitely need to pop in to try these exciting craft beers and the Cleethorpes Gin!