Finally, I can share the name we’ve picked for our cheese-and-wine bar in Belvès: Planches & Plonk. It came to us in a flash of inspiration and it feels like a great fit.
We’re using the French et for that ampersand, so it’s said Planches et Plonk.
The timing is perfect, as we’re down in Belvès this weekend and can put up some posters in the shop window. That way, the villagers can follow our progress, if they want to.
I’ve never used Instagram before. However, I watched a TV programme recently that said that 30% of people aged under 35 wouldn’t go to a bar or restaurant that didn’t have a decent Instagram profile.
A friend of mine – Janelle from Distant Francophile – confirmed it. She says that she always uses social media to check out what a place is like.
So I knew Instagram was a must. Facebook was already a given – I’m a regular user anyway.
“We liked the name for being half-French and half-English and, in using ‘plonk’, for showing that we don’t take ourselves too seriously”
But the big conundrum remained the name.
Damon and I had been playing around with possible names for a while and had drawn up a list of options. We weren’t quite happy with any of them, though – either they were two commonly used already or too uninspiring or just too clever for their own good.
Time was running out. We need to register the business for one thing.
Then one afternoon, we were throwing around names for the 100th time and came up with Planches & Plonk. As soon as we’d said it, we knew we had it.
We liked the name for being half-French and half-English – it acknowledges the elephant in the room – and, in using ‘plonk’, for showing that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
We tested it with a few people, both English and French speakers and everyone said they liked it. More importantly, days later they could still remember it.
So, Planches & Plonk it is.
Of course, that means that in the coming months, I’m going to bring this blog to an end and launch a new website. It’ll have a blog element, and I hope you’ll follow me.
What’s more, I hope you’ll come and try some cheese and wine with us too!