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Dervaig’s Mary Ireson and Jamie Fisher have born and bread a new business venture in Dervaig.
The couple, who have three children and moved to the village from the Ross of Mull eight years ago, are four weeks into a new venture serving up sandwiches and other picnic treats Monday to Friday.
When they moved five doors along to a bigger house in 2019 in search of making a living from a new business they saw an opportunity to turn what the former owner used as an artist’s studio into what is now The Piece Box.
Fisherman Jamie still goes out to sea to bringing home crabs and lobsters for their sell-out sandwiches and Mary, who has been a youth worker on Mull and ran an outdoor centre, gets busy in the kitchen to keep up with demand.
With start-up help from the SJ Noble Trust and The Waterfall fund, life has been more than hectic over the past six months getting ready to open.
‘There was a lot more work than we first envisaged. We had to get water down to the shed and put a new kitchen in. A new car park area had to be built and landscaped but it’s all worth it – we hope,’ said Mary
‘We’ve had massive help from trades peoples on the island and friends. Jamie has worked, as usual, like an absolute Trojan coming home from long days at
sea to then have to paint, fix and dig.
‘There’s a 100 per cent mix of locals and visitors coming to the shop whether it’s people picking up picnics to take to the beach or out on a boat or just to enjoy at home. We’ve been blown away by the response. We feel so lucky to be here doing this.
‘We want it to be something that will benefit our village – it is our family’s home and a huge part of our life. We are small-scale but it’s big to us. The idea is to grow a lot of what we use and sell, use local meat and fish from the sea. It’s a foody showcase of what our island can offer.
‘Our crab sandwiches have been selling out every day – the great thing is, I can always send Jamie back out to sea to bring more home!’
Caption: Dervaig’s Mary Ireson and Jamie Fisher with their children at The Piece Box