A new chapter begins after the forest is secured with the opening of Brandish Bute. The colourful and lively window display and interior has attracted customers into the shop to find out what is on offer. Brandish Bute, showcasing local Bute produce and arts and crafts is now fully open for business. As the pictures show the hard work that went into creating a welcoming and creative environment has been fully worthwhile with the eye-catching Brandish Bute sign and colourful window displays. Our very first customer at Brandish Bute was Lindie Hoffman from Williamstown, Kentucky. Lindie is visiting from the University of Kentucky, studying food and craft distribution on the island. Her purchase was a layered beaded fabric bound notebook by Craft and Clarke and her reasons for the purchase were that it is not only beautiful but well crafted – satisfaction all round!
Brandish Bute aims to become an environment which enables people to join in helping with various aspects of the work that BCLC aims to take forward in promoting aspects of the island. Members have been calling into the shop to offer their support to the forest and shop projects in many different ways. These have been from volunteering in the shop, offering help in ‘spreading the word of our aims’ and for projects in the forest.
Our charitable status enables all funds to be ploughed back into the island economy in a variety of ways. With this new chapter, all seems to be off to a great start, yet we are all aware that as all are new to this work, things will need to develop at their own pace. The suggestions and questions about the work and projects in the forest are coming into the shop, with Claire opening these discussions and ideas to the BCLC board. There is no better way to encourage everyone’s involvement in the celebration of our historic achievement than to use opportunities to support the shop and Bute producers!