I am pulling together a location specific blog series of Favourite Finds, sharing independent shops based in particular areas. This way we can all support our local economies from the internet. In our pyjamas, with a gin, no need to even leave the house.
But don’t feel as though you need to keep it to your own area. Wherever you shop independent, you can be safe in the knowledge you are supporting the British economy, so important in today’s world.
To launch this new series I am starting with my local: Shropshire. A place with beautiful countryside and amazingly creative shop keepers. I have some wonderful shops to share with you.
This gorgeous jewellery shop is run by founder and jewellery designer maker Penny. Penny started her business in Bristol but has since upped sticks and moved to the countryside, Shropshire. In her studio Penny creates beautiful pieces out of different materials including gold, brass, silver, resin, and rattan. All unique and all so lovely.
Penny loves other creative businesses and wants to support them. So not only does she run her own online store but she has also recently setup Workshop SY1. This is both an online collection of other designer makers products and a physical shop in Shrewsbury from which people can sell their products, and run workshops. It is also used as a studio so you can pop along and see creativity at work. Such a great idea!!
Who doesn’t love stationery? With so much choice, I am always on the look out for something a little bit different. Artcadia are a letterpress stationery shop and design studio who make the most creative designs. They offer a full range of stationery, which include classic typography and hand drawn illustrations, all on the most gorgeous paper. If you are a paper lover be warned….irresistible!! Artcadia create correspondence cards, greetings cards, gift wraps, art prints, and beautiful wedding invitations and wedding stationery.
This great shops sells lots of different things. A fabulous online lifestyle store selling bath & body products, accessories, gifts, and home decor. Such a lovely collection. Bethan started 47 Things only recently and her vision is to bring together products designed and made here in the UK. To add to this, she also includes products made by amazingly talented artisans from overseas. A beautiful shop and well worth a look.
Anne Reeves refers to jewellery as “a wearable art”, this is so true of her jewellery. Such a special collection. So right for so many different people and so many different occasions. I love that the pieces can relate to the wearer with so many different designs and charms. The jewellery is made in solid silver, distinctive, wearable and incorporates lots of exciting textures and effects. With each piece you can see Anne’s love for animals, nature, romance and life. Made with traditional silver smithing techniques it is jewellery to treasure.
What a great name for a shop! A family run business based in the world heritage site of Ironbridge. Moonshine and Fuggles sell a fantastic range of alcoholic beverages. Their product choice is amazing and comes about because they know what they are talking about, their knowledge is extensive. Their range includes gin, real ale, malt whisky, artisan spirits, cider and wine. They say that if you are looking for something special or rare they will be able to find it for you! I had absolutely no idea there was such a huge offering of drinks until I looked at this shop. Be amazed!
What an unusual and great little shop this is. The philosophy behind the shop is seeing beauty in every day things. They stock items that are well made, well designed and well priced. Some of them are new and some are old, all are made designed and made with care. They sell items for the home, gifts and a wonderful watch range. Black Bough began in 2011 by Adam and Alex whose backgrounds are well worth a read on their about us page. Such a unique shop in the lovely town of Ludlow, so pleased I found it.
This is probably the closest shop to me that I am mentioning and as you can no doubt guessed, it is a party shop. Their range is huge. So no matter what the celebration, occasion or theme, I am sure they will be able to help you. I so want to work at this shop, I feel in a party mood just looking at their website. From baby showers (they were never a thing when mine were little) to weddings, special big birthdays to childrens parties, and lots more besides. They have it all! A brilliant family business created in 2013, they know what we need to throw a good party.
Our final focus goes to one of our gorgeous member shops, Saloukee. Sarah has been designing and making her unconventional and beautiful collection for ten years. She has 4 gorgeous collections plus a very exciting new design each month at part of #projectwabisabi, and she has just started creating commissions for people who want to encompass a treasured find into a piece of jewellery. Sarah has also done a fab interview for Love Our Shops UK in the blog series Me and My Shop, so worth a read.
I have already mentioned lots of Shropshire based shops in earlier Favourite Finds blog posts. Here is a quick list, so you can easily find them.
Simply Ribbons and Fox & Boo appeared in Favourite Finds: Unique Festive Ideas to make Christmas Perfect,
Turtle Dove in Favourite Finds: Get Outdoors,
PFK Wellbeing in Favourite Finds : Ideas for a Calm and Peaceful Home,
The Blue Lemon in Favourite Finds: Natural Beauty Products From Independent Shops,
Textile Express in Favourite Finds: Sewing, Knitting & Crochet Supplies,
Risdon & Risdon in Favourite Finds: Gorgeous Bags from Independent Shops Online,
The Book Matchmaker in Favourite Finds: Unique Gift Sets All From Independent Shops,
Booka Bookshop in Favourite Finds: 10 of the Best Hygge Products,
I have just shared a newcomer to the independent online shop world…Crumblicious. Claire, the founder, has been making cakes for years and decided earlier this year to open her online cake shop. Her range is ever growing and currently includes cream tea boxes, Halloween selection and Christmas favourites. They are so yummy and amazing value. Plus next day delivery on all orders.
Feel free to share them with me either via my social media or email me, write me a letter (how novel would that be) or call me. All details are on my contact page. The links to my social media are at the top and the bottom of the page.
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Happy browsing…and shopping!
Please be aware. All opinions in this blog post are mine. At the time of writing I have not received any payment or free samples from the shops mentioned apart from PFK Wellbeing who sent me a sample selection of their candles. Though I mention lots of shops here, you must form your own opinion as to whether their products are for you.
I aim to include only independently owned shops. Sometimes it is tricky to work out if they are. So, as far as I can tell, they are independently owned, but apologies if the odd one that is not slips into my blog post….they hide it well!
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