In challenging times, we all crave simple comforts: things like good company, good food and good music. All reasons to head to Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl for some well-deserved self-love once locked down fully lifts. This is the café-cum-record shop and community hub that puts the rave in gravy and the thrash in mash.
Given that it specialises in niche interests, Pie & Vinyl have always had to stay nimble. “We don't take anything for granted for one second," Says Courtnell.
But no amount of caution could have prepared him for what was coming in March this year, as COVID-19 suddenly hit Britain. "It felt like something from a film," says Courtnell of the gloomy day he heard that his dream business would have to close.
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