Filed under: Biogs
Christopher Stevenson – Common
Chris Stevenson suffered what I think they’re calling a quarter life
crisis in 2002 and quit the graphic design industry for a bar-tending
position on Deansgate Locks. The next 12 months were spent not only
receiving a crash course in business management and the service
industry, but also becoming friends with the colleague that was to
become his business partner and, between them, talking about opening
there own little place that would live up to all the romantic ideals
of those little independent bars that act as creative community hubs
in trendy cities across Europe. With no money and and only a jam jar
of dreams they decided to take their ideas and see how far they could
get before someone said no. No-one said no and they opened at the
beginning of 2005 (well some people said no but there always seemed to
be a couple more people to ask instead). For no particular reason they
called it Common.
In the scarily close to four years Common has been open it has not
only been a financial success (ie. it’s still open) but has been so
despite not necessarily following industry convention, nor has that
success come from or lead to any sort of compromise in creative
direction. As with many of the panellists at Un-Convention Chris hopes
to help demonstrate what can be achieved with enough persistence and
graft (and it doesn’t stop being hard work either), and prove that
doing your own thing in your own way and also being able to pay the
bills don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Some people also think
Common’s a nice place to have a drink.
In his spare time Chris enjoys spending too much money on records,
ranting about things and talking about himself in the third person.
He’s also older than he looks.
Favourite pie: Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie
Pie-related rant : “Don’t be lazy: make your own pastry!”