A competition to find Bristol’s favourite local independent businesses.
Does your greengrocer sell seasonal surplus from the allotments down the road? Would your local hardware store order a sewing machine lightbulb, especially for you? Does your corner shop make free home deliveries to older residents? Help us to find Bristol’s hidden gems and unsung heroes among our local independents.
TWO WAYS TO WIN!!
1. Take a photo of your favourite independent business which captures just what you love about it. Upload the photo using the form below, or put a copy in the post (don’t forget to include your contact details and a photo caption if you’re posting your photo to us).
2. Tell us just what makes your favourite independent special. Enter by the form below or by post. Or shrink your shopping story into 140 characters to send your entry by Twitter (link).
Post your entries to:
Bristol Independents competition
Create Centre, Smeaton Road
Bristol BS1 6XN.
Contact us via Twitter: @bristolindies (use the hashtag: #TradingTales).
The competition launches on 4 July 2013. We’ll pick two winners at the end of each month, till we run out of prizes!
Full terms and conditions here (link).
Enter online on our Competition page here (link).
We are very proud to announce our two Trading Tales and Shopping Stories winners for July!
Jim Smith entered by uploading his photo and text through the website (which you can do here). We were struck by his handsome portrayal of a coffee cup, and are happy to highlight one of Bristol’s newer cafes on one of her liveliest high streets, North Street (check out Mark’s Bread shop as well!)
Moving north of the river now, Camille Lapham chooses to recommend by Twitter a greengrocer located on one of Europe’s longest high streets and haven for independent shops, Gloucester Road. You can read Camille’s winning tweet below.
Again accommpanied by an eye-catching photo and heartfelt praise for an example of a vanishing breed, we say let Camille inspire you to frequent Bristol’s independent and hard-working greengrocers!
Jim and Camille will be presented with either £20 worth of Bristol Pounds or a trusty Bristol Independents bag to encourage and sustain them in their future forays into independent shopping in Bristol.
Read on for more enthusiastic recommendations from our Twitter feed and our website…..
Stapleton Road @StapletonRd
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Retweeted by Bristol Independents
Entered through our website
La Provencale Cafe on Cotham Hill
One of the best cafes in an area that’s already rammed with them (including Various Corporate Chains). Great coffee, superb food, (their chicken baguettes are out of this world) and relaxed, friendly service combine to make this place special.
Harvest is by far the best independent shop I know. Run by an independent small coop, the staff are so friendly and helpful about their products. But the best thing is that they manage to make the most nutritious and ethical organic products affordable, especially on Scoop Tuesdays when loose seeds, nuts etc are 15% off, and they also give you loyalty points for every £10 spent which give you 10% off when you fill the card. They have a great range of tofu in all flavours, and the best deli counter on Gloucester Road for when you want a nutritious healthy and ethical takeaway on the way to a meeting as you pass on foot or on the bus (they’re open till 6:30). The range of bread and greengrocery is a bit expensive but this is tricky to do on a small scale and occasionally there are good bargains like organic apples at £2.50/kg. There’s a refill station for cleaning product containers. They have a community notice board and promote good things, sometimes having a stall at key events. http://www.harvest-bristol.coop/WhatWeDo.html
Soukous on Cotham Hill – A Gift For Everyone!
When I think about my favourite place in the world to shop, I think PINK! Pink is pretty, fun, funky and above all else, it’s the colour of my favourite shop in the world, Soukous! Soukous is situated on Cotham Hill and is home to the most fabulous array of gifts and ideas for your home. A beautiful and amazingly friendly place to shop, where the staff are on hand to help you pick out the perfect gift for a friend or family member, a place where you can browse an Aladdin’s cave of wonder and treasures at your own leisure, it is my shopping haven! Whether you want to find a beautiful piece of jewellery, an amusing nick-nack, funky lighting or even just a greetings card, Soukous has everything you need to brighten someones day and at fantastic prices! You can shop there all year round and always find that perfect something but Christmas time is my favourite! The window displays are always festively top notch, the atmosphere is always welcoming and fun, you don’t want to miss out on mince pies and mulled wine whilst you are shopping either! All in all, I think that Soukous deserves to win this competition for their consistence with great customer service, their friendliness and their huge selection of gifts at great prices! There really is nowhere like it!
Earthbound on Abbotsford Road in Cotham is run by a couple who walk to work and appear to spend most of their earnings in other small local businesses. Pat & Martin are ‘real people’ with sound ethics, and as friendly and helpful as they come. They sell fresh produce from regulars they trust; give ‘chocolate tastings’ from their fantastic range of chocs; order bulk on request and if they are able, are happy to help you to the car with it; will stock something on request, as long as they think they can shift the rest; save up their compost for a regular’s heap; provide useful guidance and information about goods even when it is to their disadvantage; and provide a social hub for us community and sustainability junkies!
WHMogfords It’s the oldest shop in Bristol that’s still going… Enough said.
It’s a traditional shop which has survived the big retailers like B&Q. The staff are extremely helpful and the stock the shop has is amazing. Definitely a hidden jewel in Bristol