A couple has fulfilled their dream of building a business based on their passion for beer tourism after opening their first shop in a Victorian arcade in Hull.
The venture comes three years after Karla and Andrew Murphy launched 80 Days Bier Haus – the bar which they opened in Princes Avenue, Hull when they couldn’t find suitable premises for a shop.
Their patience was rewarded when they were tipped off about plans by property developers Allenby Commercial to restore Paragon Arcade in Hull city centre with the aim of making it a magnet for quality independent traders, and now they are up and running with cans and bottles from around the world at 80 Days Bier Markt.
The couple has been together for 17 years and travelled widely, taking inspiration from Belgium, Germany and New Orleans in planning their new project.
Karla said: “The bar is going really well but we’ve always wanted a shop. When we opened the bar we just couldn’t find the right place for the shop, and there wasn’t the interest in craft beer that there is now.
“We heard from our friends at the Two Gingers Coffee House that Allenby's had bought the Arcade and we knew it would be a good fit for us. Now we’re opposite them in the Arcade and it’s going great so far.”
Allenby's bought the Arcade in the autumn of 2017 and embarked on an improvement programme to improve the external appearance of the units and restore the traditional look.
80 Days Bier Markt is the first business to operate on two floors and joins neighbours selling flowers, hand-made cakes, antique jewellery, brilliant coffee, vintage clothing and classic sweets.
Karla said: “We are selling bottles and cans including Belgian beers, Scandinavian beers and one brewed by a Dane in New York which has really taken off.
“We will also be selling accessories including nice beer glasses because it makes a difference to have the right glass for your beer. There will also be bottle openers, t-shirts and bags and we’re open seven days a week.
“We really like the Arcade and Allenby Commercial like what we are doing. The shop is perfect for what we are about.
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Charlie Allenby, the company’s contracts manager, added: “There are many high quality, small retailers in the city centre and we want to bring in more, ideally offering the sort of products that are lacking at the moment. This is one example.
“We are offering an easy route into the market for start-ups and people who want to expand. There are two vacant units ready for occupation and we are working to create more space for new businesses and for the businesses that are already here.
“Our vision is to create a welcoming, alternative space of artisan traders working together and we’re inviting interest from anyone in the Hull area or further afield who shares our vision and has an independent business which would be a good fit with what we already have.”
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