Belper vegan shop wants to host wine tasting and live music
A new Belper shop is applying to offer vegan wine-tasting sessions and play spontaneous live music throughout the day
Plans have been submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council for the new shop, Eartharmony, housed in De Bradelei House in Chapel Street, Belper.
It aims to sell vegan and organic products, including food and wine, in partnership with the neighbouring Vegan Revelation cafe.
If approved, the shop would be open from 11am until 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am until 7pm on Wednesdays, and 11am until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
It would be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Music and alcohol sales would stop an hour before closing time on each day the shop is open.
In papers submitted to the council, applicant Andrew Arnold said: “Our shop is located in the corner of the De Bradelei Mill Shopping Village in Belper, next to the Vegan Revelation cafe and takeaway.
“We are a low-impact-living shop, selling mostly-organic and only-vegan products.
“We are planning to have vegan wine-tasting opportunities in our shop with catering from Vegan Revelation and live entertainment events on the front terrace and forecourt of our shop on a regular basis – when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted – but otherwise customers will be buying alcohol to consume at home.
“The proprietor and his business and life partner both play musical instruments and request permission to play live music in a spontaneous way on the premises during trading hours.
“When Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we would like to invite other musicians to play with us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
“We will make a music corner in the shop and have designated performance spaces in the lobby and front terrace.
“Events in the courtyard will be applied for as special events.
"We want to support local artists and create a hub for vegan customers to enjoy good food, wine and music.”
The borough council will make a decision on the plans in the next few weeks.