From Jill Simpson –
Stonehaven’s independent zero waste and refill store, Replenish, is celebrating its first year of trading with a birthday treat for its customers.
Customers visiting Replenish, 23 Allardice Street, Stonehaven on 20November will be treated to a free cuppa and fudge as a thank you for supporting the store over the past year.
Opening in the middle of a global pandemic may not have been the most straight forward time to open a shop however, that didn’t deter Replenish owner, Donna Maver.
Donna’s passion for local produce, supporting the local economy and considering smarter shopping as a way of reducing food miles and wastage was the driving force behind opening the store.
Motivated by the opportunity to make it easier for customers to do their bit for the environment, Replenish encourages customers to join the refill revolution and ‘BYOC – bring your own containers’ to stock up with household essentials including flours, cereals, herbs & spices and pasta plus laundry detergent and conditioner. The store also stocks a wide range of plastic wrap free fruit and veg plus local produce including bread, jams, chutneys and soft drinks.
Owner Donna comments: “I can hardly believe we are celebrating our first birthday already – it’s been quite a year.
“It’s been a steep learning curve however, any challenges have been off-set by the support we have received from our local community. Our customers have embraced the concept from day one and I have been delighted at how quickly we have established both a loyal customer base and a community of local suppliers from Shona’s Shortbread to Burnorrachie Farm in Muchalls.”
Donna adds: “We started as just a team of two and I recently employed our fifth member of the team to keep up with demand.
“During the lockdown at the start of the year, we launched our veg box delivery service which has continued to be very popular with our customers. So much so, I successfully applied for funding for an electric van so we are able to increase our veg box delivery round without increasing our carbon footprint.”