Wednesday the 19th of July was a very exciting day for Team Wellnice. After years or wondering what lay beyond the glass doors of Facebook HQ in Dublin, we were invited in!
A few weeks back, we received an email from Facebook asking us if we’d be interested in joining their Irish SME client council. Of course, we jumped at the chance, despite admittedly not really knowing what it entailed (typical of us!). We had the date and the venue but that was it.
When we received the next email with the details we were even more excited!! Facebook had booked us into The Marker Hotel and invited us to dinner at The Drury Buildings the night before the Council launch - well nice indeed!!
As luck would have it though, we got tied up at work (making the ice pops for Tiger Street Eats) and missed the dinner. It was just before midnight when we arrived at the hotel and BJ got upgraded to a corner suite - swit swoo!! It’s a shame we didn’t get to enjoy it more, but we had to be at Facebook HQ for 8:30 am.
Now I don’t know if any of you have ever been to the Facebook offices on Grand Canal, but they take security very seriously, and rightly so! Once we were checked in, we were treated to breakfast and introduced to the other attendees. 14 businesses had been invited - some were old friends, and others we’re happy to say are new friends! As well as us there was Strong Roots, Boutique Bakes, Obeo, Magee, Kerrigan’s Food for Fitness, The Burren Perfumery, Aran Sweater Market, Appassionata Flowers, Ronan Cullen Flooring, Lennon Courtney, Lifestyle Sports, Folkster and Jobbio.
Over the course of the day we had workshops from Facebook, and were asked to give them plenty of feedback on what they’ve got in the pipeline. We were told that Facebook treats feedback as a gift - that’s pretty cool in our opinion. The whole day was really intensive but so valuable. We enjoyed tours of the offices, excellent food and got to try Oculus! When we were leaving, they even gave us all goody bags. Go Facebook! Megan the person responsible for the client council in the US was flown in for the day from San Francisco. In a strange turn of events, she knows one Irish person, Ciara, who just so happens to be BJ’s cousin! Talk about feeding into the stereotype that all us Irish folk know each other! Read more about it here.
Do you listen to the Sunday Business Show on Today FM? We’re big fans here at Wellnice HQ - Team SBS all the way!
We first bumped into Ruth & Niall last year at the Uprize festival in the RDS. We spoke to them on the day and did a short sound bite for the show. Our next direct contact with them was a few weeks ago. Ruth contacted us on Twitter to see if we’d be interested in coming into the studio for an interview. Ahhh - yes please :-)
We must admit it was quite surreal pulling up to Marconi house at 9 am on a Sunday morning. To be honest, we were wrecked!! We were after a week of in-store tastings, had barely recovered from Body & Soul, and what had been the test of endurance leading up to it! This probably worked to our advantage though - it meant we weren’t nervous at all!
The whole SBS team are fantastic! Nothing like having a cuppa and the chats in the green room with the one and only Conall O Móráin and our fellow guests to help us warm up. It was great to finally meet the lovely Clíona from Boost Bites (now Bella Bites) - we’ve been huge fans of her delicious bites for ages!! We had our future CEO with us. She was with us through the whole interview - at 9 years old, perhaps the youngest ever guest on the Sunday Business Show? Conall had warned us that the time would go very fast…..and oh was he right!! We were on a high afterwards and our phones literally didn’t stop for 2 days. Thanks a mill again Conall, Ruth & Niall for the invite, and hopefully you’ll invite us back soon :-) You can have a listen here.
This past weekend, we had the great honour of collaborating with Tiger beer for their Tiger Street Eats party, a unique and exciting street food experience. It took place at Portobello Harbour from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd July. Under the watchful eye of Havas Media, the Mart Creative Hub was transformed to bring attendees some of the vibrancy and bustling energy of Singapore.
Tiger teamed up with Hawker Chan Hon Meng, owner of the first Michelin starred hawker stand, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore. The event has previously taken place in New York, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, but this is the first time it’s been to Dublin.
“The Tiger Street Eats event is all about rewarding consumers who seek to live life with more bite” according to Deirdre O’Shea, brand manager for Tiger Beer at Heineken Ireland. In line with the “life with more bite” theme, we created a bespoke ice pop made from fresh pineapple, fresh red chilli and of course Tiger Beer. We had great fun working with the team and hopefully it’s the first of many collaborations for Wellnice Pops!
Photo credit to: Joanne Cronin www.stitchandbear.com
So.. today was an exciting day at Wellnice HQ :-) After shooting off a quick email to Dermot & Dave at Today FM, we were delighted to get a call back saying that they’d do a jingly bit for Wellnice Pops!! (We sent them a pure funny email and we reckon that’s what sold it 😉 ) We had great fun chatting with them & we think the jingle is pretty hilarious! Have a listen and let us know what you think…
Guess who are the newest traders at the oldest weekly market in Ireland? Yep, you got it……. We are thrilled to announce that you will now be able to get Wellnice Pops at The Milk Market on Fridays & Sundays (hopefully we’ll be adding saturdays to that list before long!) So no need to fork out for festival tickets, or to spend damp nights in Lidl pop up tents to get your Wellnice fix! 😉 I’m sure most of you are familiar with this legendary market, but if not you can find out a little more about it here. It’s a real eclectic market and we’re really honoured to now be part of it. Whether you’re looking for a great coffee (Hi Harpers :-) ) & a bite to eat, or some vintage threads you’ll be sure to find it here. Not to mention some really funky events. Anyone for a little sunday morning Tai-Chi? Or a rocking outdoor “Live at the Big Top” gig? We look forward to seeing you all there real soon :-) #TeamWellnice
It was with some slight trepidation that we set out at 5:30 am on the morning of Friday May 29th. This was Pop Shacks maiden voyage, the first time Trin would be pulling it, and we had to go all the way to Dublin!! And so it was that after much checking of rachet straps & cable-tying, we set off!! We were hardly 4 miles down the road when Trin uttered the now infamous words, “Uh oh you might have to die”, as some small creature legged it across the road. (Disclaimer: no animals were hurt in the making of this blog post) The rest of the journey was pretty uneventful, well apart from nearly getting knocked out by a bunch of Japanese tourists at The Barrack Obama Plaza. We were in Kilmainham before we knew it, and were delighted to be in good company, spotting the Murt Whelan gang in the tent longside us (#LimerickAndProud). The sun was blazing as we set up and the festival site was looking amazing. We pulled on our new Wellnice hoodies & chatted with our neighbours….Ruth, Steve & Tina from Cornude Artisan Popcorn…..which is absolutely friggin’ amazing by the way!! We were feeling pretty good……until the tirdness set in that was! We had just put in a 75 hour week & we were only on day 1 of a 3 day festival. Clearly a Wellnice nap was in order!! Over the next few days, we really went through a baptisim of fire. Who knew it was possible to learn so much in such a short space of time? (Most important lesson?? Don’t go to a festival with out adequate signage…….EVER!!) We met some really interesting folks and ate some really good noodles courtesy of Wok’N’Roll. Oh and got to hear some banging tunes!! Think Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada & Richie Hawtin :-)