Mum of four Carly-Ann Bryer has found herself in a new career after having to change jobs during the pandemic.
Carly, originally from Bristol who now lives in Portishead, started a Pick N Mix delivery service last year.
“I was working in recruitment but was in danger of losing my role,” she said.
“I was at home thinking about what I could do next, and I thought of an idea to start selling sweets in kebab boxes funnily enough.”
Carly began delivering sweets in and around Bristol and it became exceedingly popular.
As competition grew, Carly knew she needed to diversify and introduced grazing boxes and afternoon teas, which were incredibly popular, and Carly’s business accelerated further.
She expanded to dessert platters and gained some larger clients that she created Christmas catering boxes for.
Since then Carly’s business has gone from strength to strength, and she has now secured a premise on Portishead’s swanky marina.
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The concept is a wine bar that sells various grazing platters in a cosy and chic atmosphere.
Carly says she cannot find anywhere else in the UK that is offering what she is.
She added: “I did some extensive research and the closest concept I could find was a man that sold fish platters at his bar.”
And while you can find restaurants that offer charcuterie boards, The Graze Bar will focus solely on sharing platters, to include sweet and savoury items.
Lucy Mattock, a local resident said: “This is exactly what we need in Portishead. I can’t wait for it to open.”
The Graze Bar will be offering afternoon teas that customers can enjoy with a glass of prosecco alongside Carly’s grazing boards.
The boards are a mix of charcuterie (meats, cheeses, bread, olives) and the unusual addition of sweet platters. This will be a mix of doughnuts, cheesecakes, chocolates and sweets.
The Graze Bar is set to open in mid-August, seven days a week from 12pm. It will also continue to provide a delivery service that caters for small and large orders (parties, corporate events and more).
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