Whilst studying for a degree to become a complementary therapist, my family suggested that, once qualified, I could set up a treatment room on a narrowboat moored at Barton Marina, a place we live near and visited often. Although I didn’t feel the location was what I wanted for my therapy business, the idea of running a business on a narrowboat stayed with me as an exciting idea… but what?
A couple of years later, during a family holiday in the summer of 2009, we visited a craft village with a paint-a-pot studio to while away a few rainy hours. It was during this visit, as the girls in the family were absorbed in our creations – all mugs – I appreciated how fun and therapeutic the activity was – a wonderful addition to my list of holistic activities to recommend to clients – to explore their creativity and reduce their stress levels! The cogs started whiring and hey presto – light bulb moment – THIS is what I would love to do on a narrowboat! I told my Husband as soon as I saw him and by the time we got back to our holiday house he had come up with the name….. and so The Mug Tug was born!
The Mug Tug opened it’s door in October 2010 with an official opening by John Waterhouse in January 2011.