Local teenager Maria McAnearney is the toast of family and friends after providing the inspiration for an extension to the family business.
The new online business, Fourteen 4, specialising in the manufacture of designer home bars and party supply accessories, has been launched following the development of a successful home bar prototype designed and manufactured by the New-Bridge student.
The idea was sparked as Maria tried to find a way to help her mum with home entertainment.
“Knowing that I like to host parties in the home Maria thought that it would be a good idea to provide me with a cocktail bar of my own,” explained proud mum, Maire McAnearney.
“Unable to source what she felt would be to my particular liking she simply decided to make me one!”
Mum, Maire and dad, Sean, were so impressed with the finished product that they have refined and developed the concept further.
Indeed it was such a hit they have now launched a new online business (www.fourteen-4.co.uk) as a result.
Both Sean and Maire are directors within the Banbridge-based Ballykelly Group, which has a wood products division specialising in the manufacture of bespoke staircases, windows and doorsets so the craftsmanship element of producing the finished bar certainly didn’t hold any fear.
“We are hoping that the new online business will not only prove to be an excellent form of diversification for the joinery side of our family business but that Fourteen 4 will grow and flourish as a new business in its own right,” continued Maire.
Featuring Swarovski embossed fabrics in a range of colours and styles to suit various interior styles the bars are designed to be multifunctional and can be wheeled from room to room and even outside for barbecue entertaining.
The bars can even be fitted with lights and logos, if required.
The company believes that the potential for its new product range extends well beyond the home entertainment front.
“Already other businesses have shown interest in Maria’s bars as they are extremely versatile – suitable for use as receptions desks, for corporate entertaining and even mixing desks for DJ’s,” said Maire.
The company has opened a new temporary showroom at 36 Bridge Street, Banbridge and aims to open shortly in Newry.