THE CHERRY GIRLS STORY
It all started with two friends who found a good excuse to taste their way around Dorset in order create unique gift hampers entirely sourced from within the county. This opened up the wonderful world of Dorset brewers and distilleries to Hayley and Laurie who were dragged kicking and screaming into (which quickly switched to "away from") trying various local unique flavours.
The pair met two years when they moved to Milborne St Andrew, and after falling in love with their surroundings decided to launch a business inspired by their shared appreciation of the county. Laurie, 35, who previously worked for McLaren, says: "We both absolutely love Dorset and all the fresh produce and products, it has so much to offer and there is so much to do, we just really want to promote the area." Starting out in November last year, the pair spent six months sampling a diverse range of food and drink striving to find the best and most varied products the region has to offer.
The Hampers include a variety of wines from nearby vineyards, beers and ciders from Dorset brewers, delectable cheeses direct from cheesemakers, as well as world-renowned chocolate, chutneys, and biscuits all presented in traditional, hand-woven wicker hampers. "Our hampers make great gifts for family, friends, colleagues or even business to business. We also make holiday hampers which are really nice for people to leave in holiday lets with fresh eggs and sausages sourced from local farms. "A lot of thought goes into each of our hampers, we carefully gift wrap every single hamper and offer free personalised labels. We are keen to keep the rustic village feel, we are not a big corporate company."
Customers also have the option to select from hampers inspired by well-known towns such as Dorchester of Bridport, or opt for the bespoke personalised hamper service, which can be shipped anywhere throughout the UK and Ireland. Hayley, 42, who previously worked as an IT engineer, says: "We would just really like to see the business grow and grow and help promote Dorset produce even more. “It would be nice to see some of the products from smaller businesses we love on the shelves of more shops or some of the amazing beers and ciders made here available in more pubs." "Quite often we have people who live here and want to send a little bit of Dorset to someone else out of the area which is a really nice thing." "I think we have come a long way over the past year."
The Cherry Bar is the next step to bringing local products to the attention and taste buds of local events and patrons! The reception of the bar has been fantastic to date with many local suppliers fully supporting and actively particpating in Hayley's and Laurie's venture and work in close partnerships to ensure the latest and most update products and avaiable!