Welcome To Our New Home!
Find the Slab depot at Osborne Garage Commercial Unit, York Avenue in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. So if you’re nearby pop in and we’re sure there will be some fudge samples available. We always have our core flavours in stock – both in the dairy and vegan ranges. So whether you want to pop in and buy fudge or order online – we can satisfy your fudge requirements!
At the Slab depot, as well as lots of fudge to buy we also stock a great range of sweets from Bonza Confectionery.
|Monday||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM - 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:30 AM - 3:30 PM|
*Closed Bank Holidays due to family commitments.
One question we get asked a lot is: why are you at the garage, and not in the town with the shops?
It’s a valid question 💡
We’ve traded in commercial shops in towns for 15 years. 12 years running an ice cream parlour and 5 now with Slab (there was a crossover period! 😅). There’s certainly a place for shops and high streets. But overall I think most would agree that this is not the best time for high streets and many businesses are worried in the current climate. We certainly noticed a downturn in passing trade over the years. However, our online and wholesale trade makes up a significant part of our business. And for this we need ROOM – more room than we can afford in a shop in a town. We need room to pack orders, and we need a substantial kitchen space to cook and wrap all our fudge.
We debated losing our shop in Cowes for some time, and early last year we decided to continue running our business from an industrial unit hidden away in Northwood and to get out of the high street game after summer. But, having moved house over to East Cowes last July, we soon saw this unit AND little retail space come up for rent right near our house. We viewed it and it just felt meant to be.
Everything we needed all in one space! An easy place to park outside and pack up all our kit for events. An easy place to have all our wholesale orders collected from. Loads of space to store all our packaging and ingredients. An office area for all the admin and a sparkling new kitchen perfect for fudge making ✨. AND it felt a lot more visible (on the busy main road on the way to the ferry and right by Osborne House) than being hidden away on a business park somewhere.
The last reason was that we have two children under 5. And being self-employed it can be hard to fully switch off from work. Having a shop in a town definitely puts more pressure on you to be open all weekend, bank holidays etc (particularly when you’re reliant on tourists for the bulk of your passing trade). Up at the garage here we don’t feel that level of pressure and can be a bit more flexible to achieve a bit more balance 🙏🏻✨
The Old Slab Shop in West Cowes..
Our first home where we learnt the ins and outs of fudge making for 5 years. A great shop that will always have a place in our heart!
The Old Slab Kitchen & Packaging Unit..
During the winter of 2021, we kept ourselves busy setting up the Slab kitchen + packaging unit up at Northwood Business Park. This allowed us to increase the efficiency of processing our online orders, and enabled us to expand the wholesale side of the business.
A time-lapse video showing the build process of the unit over 3 months. A high octane 30 seconds of video … 😂