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We’re pleased and proud to have been serving the Jewellery Quarter since early June. Initially, we launched softly. We didn’t have a launch party till late July, just over a week ago. This was a fantastic evening. In addition to the celebrated beer writer, Melissa Cole, we were joined by a host of friends.

Melissa gave a short and amusing speech and co-founder Jonathan Todd also gave a speech in which he said:

“Thank you for coming out tonight, the latest installment of our heat wave

“I’m going to say a few words, then the other co-founder and the other John will say a few words too – I promise we won’t speak for long

“Then a bit later Melissa Cole, the author of Let Me Tell You About Beer, will talk to us about beer

“Because we do like our beer

“And our bag in box wine – craft by carafe, we call it

“And our spirits menu that we’ve put together with the team from 40 St Pauls Square and Crushed and Cubed

“All of that said, though, and this is an odd thing to say at the official launch of what I’m told is one of the city’s hippest bars, I never really envisaged myself opening a bar

“I’ve never know how to answer the ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ question. But if I had, opening a bar wouldn’t – until recently – have been my answer

“Which means it is a good job that this isn’t really a bar – at least, it is not only a bar

“It is also a shop

“We had a jewellery pop up last weekend, we have the Birmingham Independent Record Market, as well as a writer and publisher in residence, this weekend

“It is also a restaurant

“We’ve now got Chilli Dog Dogs with us, we’ll be having Salt n Earth – the new concept of the Two Cats team – with us for the third week of August

“It is also an art gallery

“We’ve got the work of Thomas Parry at the back of the ground floor, we’ve got work curated by Tina Francis on our first floor

“Ladies and gentleman, a bar, a shop, a restaurant, an art gallery – let these not be the limits of our imaginations, let there be no limits on our imaginations, we will work with you, our friends and neighbours, to use our versatile spaces to help the Jewellery Quarter be all that it can be – that’s what we mean by being a neighbourhood bar

“Thank you, again, for coming along tonight

“Thank you for what you’ve done to get us this far

“Thank you for staying with us on this journey – wherever it might lead

“Let us drink tonight to future possibilities

“I don’t know how I came to doing this but I am excited about what the future hold holds

“Actually, I do know how I came to be doing this: I had one drink too many with John. And one thing led to another

“John’s job now is to make sure you all have exactly the right amount of only the very best drinks. And I’m going to hand over to him now.”

John only spoke to remind guests that a free bar remained in place. A good time was had by all.

1000 Trades opening night in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

1000 Trades opening night in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

1000 Trades opening night in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

1000 Trades opening night in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Jonathan Todd, Melissa Cole and John Stapleton.

1000 Trades opening night in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Jonathan Todd, Melissa Cole and John Stapleton.