Zero News - June 2020
Welcome to the first Zero newsletter! Part of my vision when setting up the shop was to provide a sort of community hub, sadly the Coronavirus has temporarily made this a bit difficult but I am hoping that by introducing a regular newsletter, I can still keep in touch with everyone and bring us all back together!
I’m so excited to re-open the doors to you all and I have put the following measures in place to make it as safe as possible:
- limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time to two
- restricting opening times to 12noon to 5pm Monday – Saturday (to allow for cleaning)
- having hand sanitiser available at the entrance
- installing a screen by the till
- providing plant-based, compostable vegetarian gloves for use
For anyone who is not happy to come into the shop, our online service will still be available on our website.
We're treating you to a lovely FREE gift* worth £4.25 when you spend over £20!
The gift consists of a scone mix (which can be used for fruit, cheese or plain scones) and 8 luxury biodegradable tea bags, all wrapped up beautifully in a box. The gift is worth £4.25 and it will be automatically added to your basket when you spend £20 or more in one transaction between now and the end of June.
When we put these treats together in one of our boxes we thought they’d make a great gift to give to a friend or relative who you haven’t seen for a while. They’re available to buy on our website, but you may as well spend over £20 on other things and then we’ll give you one for free!
You may have read in my last blog how my garden has kept me sane over the past few months. Each evening after work, me and Miss Piggy (my dog) have a wander round to see what’s been growing. All of us who work in the shop have been growing our own and it’s been great chatting about how our plant babies have been getting on – a welcome distraction from discussing the pandemic! This month we have been able to start enjoying the fruits of our labour...
I love cherries, I planted my cherry tree when I bought my house three years ago and this will be the first proper harvest. Last year the birds stole all the fruit but I have netted it this year and am feeling very pleased that I have now got them to enjoy.
Hungarian Cherry Cake
If like me, you are enjoying lots of cherries in your garden this month then here is a recipe of my Mum's for a Hungarian Cherry Cake. Being half-Hungarian, this takes me back to when I used to visit my Grandma many years ago :-) click here to see the recipe.
Last week I was fortunate enough to have a chat with a lovely lady from Heathfield Crafts Group – a group of local crafters who used to meet regularly at the craft shop on Station Road.
Obviously they have been unable to get together in the last few months but they have all kept in touch and have been working on a patchwork wall hanging. Each member of the group has made a square which represents one thing that has helped to get them through lockdown and I discovered that one of the squares was The Zero Shop – I was so touched! It hasn’t been easy keeping my dream alive over the last month but the support I have had from all my customers has made it worthwhile.
Thank you to you all, and to Heathfield Crafts Group which is run by Lisa and her Mum, Carol who own Heathfield Crafts, if you’d like to find out more click here to visit their Facebook page.
Thanks so much for your support, if you want to contribute to the Community section of the newsletter, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Can't wait to see you all back in the shop again soon!
Nikki and Team Zero x