Jay Channon made an application to join Colchester Market just weeks before we went into lockdown in March 2020.
Unperturbed, Jay was one of the first essential provision traders back on the High St in May selling coffee beans, hot chocolate and freshly made coffee for the many keyworkers in town.
By the time non-essential shops were open again on 15 June, Jay was well-established with a loyal clientele for his quality coffee.
While trading, Jay was also planning and curating a shop on Isaacs Walk which opened to a great reception on 8 September.
Speaking about his experience of joining Colchester Market, Jay said, “I was welcomed by the other traders and Market team right away. It’s a real family and you really hook up with the local community. That’s in part is why I want to keep a stall going as well as the shop.’
From a market pitch to bricks and mortar in three months during a pandemic is a phenomenal achievement.
Jay now employs three staff and will continue to set up his stall on the High Street alongside his shop.
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Sir Isaacs Artisan Coffee