Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Maria aiming to build online business with custom cocktail bars

Sean and Maire McAnearney with daughter Maria launch Fourteen 4, specialising in customised cocktail bars and party essentials

A CO Down teenager has followed in the footsteps of her business-savvy parents by serving up customised cocktail bars.

Sean and Maire McAnearney are directors of Banbridge-based Ballykelly Group, which has a wood products division specialising in the manufacture of staircases, windows and doorsets.

So when thoughtful daughter Maria realised that party-loving Maire could do with a cocktail bar in the home to entertain guests, she simply made one herself.

Maire and Sean were so impressed with the finished product that they have refined and developed the concept further and the family has now used the prototype to launch Fourteen 4, a new online business specialising in the manufacture of designer home bars and party supply accessories.

Featuring diamante-embossed fabrics in a range of colours and 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.

The company has opened a new temporary showroom at Bridge Street in Banbridge and is planning to open shortly in Newry.

"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," said Maire.

"Unable to source what she felt would be to my particular liking she simply decided to make me one.

"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.

"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 DJs."

Fourteen 4 will also supply party accessories including co-ordinating glassware, cocktail shakers, games and complementary wall art and rental packages including cocktail bar hire, cocktail shakers, champagne buckets and wine coolers.