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Small Independents Rock.

28 Jul

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We’re just coming to the end of Independent Retailer Month which aims to promote…you guessed it..the name’s in the title.

This interests me. Why you ask? Well, since it opened in June I’ve been involved with a really interesting new business right in the heart of Leeds City Centre. It’s called Handpicked Hall and you might remember me mentioning it in a previous post.

It’s a gorgeous Victorian building full of small independent retailers including a few of my new favourites –  McDonough and Davies bespoke invitations, That Old Chestnut cakes, Jil made this handprinted illustrations and Our Handmade Collective who are doing great things to promote all the small designer/makers they support.

In a world where big brands constantly bombard us with bland, sterile products it’s so great to see real people, true originality and the passion behind the products we buy. I want the real story, not a mass marketing campaign.

The Independent Shops website says “ For every £1 you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community, whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the retail multiples, as little as 5p finds its way back.”

If you look there are always options to buy local, it just requires a little more thought than one click ordering on A*****, the world’s largest online retailer.

As an American global footwear brand says;

Just do it.

Shop local that is!

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