I started this Vegan Burd thing a few years ago as a food diary on Instagram because I wanted to show how easy and normal vegan food is. Two years ago I decided to play around with making some vegan versions of nostalgic chocolate bars I missed and it blew up into me quitting my day job to do my own thing full time. It has been one of the best, most stressful and rewarding things I have ever done – full of highs and lows on an unpredictable rollercoaster of emotion and all-nighters. I bloody love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I get so much joy from making people happy with my junk food and it makes my day when someone places an order to post surprise chocolate to their pal, or when someone comes up to me to declare their love for my bars. I love that connection and I’ve organised a couple of breakfast club events to bring together other people as obsessed with food as I am. From the beginning my dream has been to have my own shop – a place for people to come and buy my treats and maybe hang out for a gab and a cup of tea. So I’m making it happen.
I decided to open my own shop to sell my sweeties – a dedicated place for snackers to buy from me directly. It’s going to take a while because ‘Vegan Burd’ is just me and the chocolate making continues. There’s a lot to be done and it will take some time, but I’m so excited to be working towards opening my very own vegan sweet shop.
If you want to be part of the making of a vegan sweet shop in Glasgow, you can contribute here. Imagine what I could do if even a quarter of my Instagram community contributed just £1. I will proudly put the names of all contributors on the walls of the shop and you will all be invited to an exclusive launch party to see the place and try the treats before everyone else.
I will be sharing updates and progress in the coming months and I can’t wait to welcome you to my little corner of the world in my own east end neighbourhood.