We’d both forgotten what it’s like to have to ‘go to work’ every day – it’s been a while. Last year we each worked at Calendar Club outlets, but not full time.

Having now completed our first seven days, and more than survived, we’re confident we can make running our shop a huge success.

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You know what they say about the best laid plans? Well we’ve had to adapt and delay opening our shop.

But only until tomorrow!

We had 191 boxes of stock to check and put away yesterday. Barry and I. With Mathew for a few hours.

Unsurprisingly it didn’t all get done, and we were given a day’s reprieve.

Barry was collected by Pete at 7.30am this morning, for his day out to London and the Pink Floyd exhibition. Meanwhile I headed into Lichfield. Read More

Yesterday afternoon we picked up the keys for 11, Bakers Lane, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield.

How exciting!

I had quite a number of retail jobs more years ago than I care to count – probably the longest one was working for Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) in the army camp in Bünde, West Germany in the early 1980s. Barry of course was a self employed photographer for 35 years, and before we left Gisborne in March 2013, he’d built a successful Home Brew shop ‘Ezimade’.

What’s so special about this venture, is we’re doing it together. The contract’s in my name, so officially Barry works ‘for’ me; unofficially we’ll be sharing the workload.

Today the shop was turned from an empty shell into an amazing Calendar Club store – with the help of our Territorial Manager Steve, his daughter Charlie, my nephew Matt, Tony who Barry worked for at Calender Club Merry Hill last year, and Pete from The Hippie Boat. Read More

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