Behind the Scenes at Bluewater
The staff fill us in on what they’ve been getting up to…
It all begins with a mad rush in Faversham, gathering the day’s supplies and bundling them into the van, which is expertly driven by either Laura or Salvatore up to the pop-up. We arrive at Bluewater, unload and open up the store, before preparing the tasting tables for that day. We’re so used to Bluewater teeming with people that the stillness and silence in the morning is a really strange thing!
Once open we offer tastings to customers of the produce we stock and you won’t visit us without being given the opportunity to try something new. We all rotate and offer tastings outside of the store to the shoppers walking by, which is really good fun and works wonders in getting people into the store.
Laura, who takes care of our alcohol range both at the Bluewater store and at Selling Road, loves the Westwell dessert wine (The Philosopher). This is one of the newer Kentish wine estates on the scene, who are also famous for their barrel-aged Ortega and fizz. So far, the customers’ feedback has been really good and they love its sweet (but not too sweet!) liqueur-like qualities. The best part about it is introducing people to something they haven’t tried before.
Annabelle, our newest recruit, thinks that the Zingiberi cookies are a real winner when it comes to sampling – especially amongst children. As a result, the tasters are never around for long. The interesting range of flavours (including the lovely Kentish apple & cobnut!) means these are no ordinary cookies and the kids almost always persuade their parents to buy.
Beth, who usually works behind our delicatessen at Selling Road, uses her knowledge of cheese to recommend a Kentish cheeseboard that can be adapted to different peoples’ tastes. One of her favourites is a traditional farmhouse Ashmore cheddar made by Jane in Dargate (a few miles from our Faversham shop!). It’s not too strong, but still has a tangy and rustic flavour.
And finally… Salvatore, our charming Italian Stallion, is the organised one, keeping our shelves well stocked and the shop looking smart. With us helping him with his English, we hope to be speaking fluent Italian ourselves by the time we leave Bluewater!