Shop Local

By purchasing from local, independent businesses, you’re helping support the local economy. The more money you put into local shops, the more benefits that can be achieved for both the business and yourself. It means that that business can develop in order for you to have a wider range of products to choose from. It’s a knock-on effect.  Even small things can help like going for coffee at an independent coffee shop as opposed to Costa/Starbucks. Trust me, you’ll feel better. Recently, I’ve made a conscious effort to buy some local products and support the local community.

A couple of my favourites include Charms and Chains, Tsp, Sparrowhawk Vintage and Hounds. You’ll find that the best, quirkiest stuff comes from independent retailers and you’ll soon be filling your room with adorable little pieces here and there (I know I have).  So here are some little beauties that I’ve brought from various local businesses recently:

Cute cactus candle from Sparrowhawk Vintage – everyone knows my love for cacti (see Cute Cacti blog post from a couple of weeks back if you don’t know!). I went in to see Rhi for the first time since the shop moved from Hanley to Newcastle to pick up a gift bag and couldn’t resist this handmade beauty in its little pot for just £3! I’d have brought 7 if I could! It’s the cutest thing ever and I refuse to light it, because no way am I ruining it by letting it melt!

Sweet Strawberry Insence from Charms and Chains – Charms and Chains is my go to place for eccentric gifts and cute on-trend clothes. When I popped in for a quick interview with Rox about the shop turning 5 years old, Chloe and I couldn’t resist buying some incense at £1 for 20 sticks. I burned some that day and I have to say that my room smelled beautiful and fruity for a good few hours.


More Scented Insence from Kaleidoscope – I’ve never been to Stoke so when me and the girls from uni went for breakfast at The Wheatsheaf, we had a nosey around the town and found a Fairtrade shop from which I got some Orange and Cinnamon, and Apple and Cinnamon incense sticks that are perfect for winter and making It feel all Christmassy!


Red Velvet Cupshake from Tsp – my favourite café. Hands down. Choose a cupcake and the dedicated hustlers of cupcakes behind Tsp will make the badboy into a milkshake and load it with cake and cream. It’s heavenly. Never had a shake that I didn’t enjoy! Jammy Dodger, Oreo and Red Velvet all highly recommended!


This year I’m going to make a real effort to source Christmas gifts locally too!

I have also put in my order for Hounds which I’ll be collecting very soon, however that bad boy is a post in its own right. Be prepared for a cuteness overload!

Beff xx


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin Hand says:

    I totally agree with you, thanks for sharing this blog post and it was a lovely read. Tsp is one of my favourite places too. It’s hard to decide who is my favourite local independent retailer.

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    1. It’s a tough decision isn’t it Martin!


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