WARE, HERTFORDSHIRE, JUNE 29th 2015: Casita Bonita, a new homewares, gifts and jewellery shop, will be bringing a splash of Mexican sunshine to Hertfordshire when it opens on Ware High Street next month.
The shop is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Brett Cahill, and will sell original imported products sourced from artisans who design, create and hand-finish these beautiful items in their homes and factories across Mexico.
It will boast Mexican Talavera (the distinctive, colourful pottery) which is traditionally given as a wedding present; pewter photo frames; serapes (blankets) from Saltillo; original hand-made hammocks from Yucatan; blown glass from Guadalajara; and stunning jewellery from Taxco.
In addition, Casita Bonita has applied for a licence to sell a range of Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico, and which includes Tequila within its range. A line-up of ingredients for cooking Mexican food – enjoying a huge boom across the UK – will also be on sale.
Casita Bonita opens its doors on Saturday July 25th 2015 during the Year of Mexico, a cultural and economic initiative forged by the governments in the UK and Mexico, making this store opening even more significant.
Brett Cahill is half-Mexican, with his mother’s family hailing from Merida in the Yucatan region of the country. This part of the country is steeped in history and renowned for its arts and crafts. Indeed, his mother is an artist and her work will be on display at Casita Bonita. Similarly, his aunt creates handicrafts at her studio in Cancun and these beautiful objects will be sold at the new Ware shop.
Brett’s father himself opened a shop in Mexico selling locally-produced gifts and jewellery to tourists and visitors. He sourced all the products himself, and he has introduced Brett to the talented artisans he worked with, their crafts now being imported by Casita Bonita.
“I am incredibly proud of my heritage and I’ve always been keen to show people the wonderful country my mother is from – the culture, music, art, food and the amazing history of the Aztecs, the Mayans, the Spanish Conquistadors, Pancho Villa and the Revolution,” explains Brett.
“Opening Casita Bonita is a dream come true for me, as I will be able to bring some of this fantastic country to the UK, whilst also following in my father’s footsteps of supporting the talented artisans of Mexico.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Casita Bonita
Casita Bonita is a new retailer in Ware, Hertfordshire, specialising in Mexican home wares, gifts and jewellery. Due to open on Saturday July 25th, it is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Brett Cahill.
About The Year of Mexico
The Dual Year initiative between the UK and Mexico was launched by both governments to promote better understanding between both societies.
The initiative to hold this Dual Year between Mexico and the United Kingdom came out of high-level bilateral discussions. Initially, it was to be a predominantly cultural project and so the Chairman of the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Mexico, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, and the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries of the United Kingdom, Edward Vaizey, signed a Joint Declaration on July 4th 2013.
Subsequently, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries decided to expand the scope of the Dual Year to other areas, including trade, investment, tourism, education, science and innovation. On June 11th 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Jose Antonio Kuribreña Meade, and the then Foreign Secretary of the UK, William Hague, signed a Joint Declaration for the designation of 2015 as ‘the Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom’ and the ‘United Kingdom in Mexico’.
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