SHOPPING THE SMALL YET SUBLIME IN 2020
IN AWE INSIGHT
'When you buy from a small business you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home, you’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his first football kit, and a mum and dad to put food on the table’
As businesses like Amazon have recently released that their owner is set to become the world’s first trillionaire, it’s safe to say they will easily survive this Christmas, but it’s clear that the same can’t be said from small independent businesses in your local community and across the UK, and this includes lots from our beloved wedding industry.
Owners of independent businesses are entrepreneurs who decided to take a risk and act upon an instinct to grow something out of what they loved to do! Their business is not churning out products to sell but they are emotive, handpicked, handmade and a reflection of the personality of the owner. Their quality products mean something, your purchase is guaranteed to make a big impact on their monthly intake, and they deserve to be supported now more than ever.
A drop in the ocean for all those incredible independents out there, but these are a few I love and when I get around to my Christmas shopping, I most certainly will be paying them a visit!
LAST NIGHT I DREAMT @lnidjewllery
Located in my hometown of Southwell, and one of my mum's favourite haunts (keep scrolling to the end and you will see a shot of her shopping here last Christmas!), 'Last Night I Dreamt' has become a destination jewellery boutique, housing some of the best designers from the world of jewellery. Rebecca the owner is passionate about creating a magical and personal shopping experience for her customers and it's been described as the “mini Liberty” of the East Midlands!
GIGIL & BLOOM @gigilandbloom
Another Southwell gem, and an absolute star of our industry is Gigil & Bloom! The floristry and gifts are bespoke, beautiful and without boundaries, and their Christmas wreaths are without a doubt the best in the business! Usually, Sophie is busy organising her very popular wreath workshops but as a compromise shes selling DIY wreath kits instead alongside all her other beautiful products!
GIGI & OLIVE @gigiandolive_
Another wedding industry favourite of mine that has branched out in 2020. Gigi & Olive is a beautiful bachelorette and bridal boutique, that offer a premium, personalised and stylish selection of products that will last way past the party! Their new 'campaign 'The Magic Of Gifting' offers a curated a selection of the finest gifts for your friends or yourself, from fun stocking fillers to luxury presents, thoughtful gift boxes to pampering beauty selections - as well as a gift-wrapping service!
STUDIO CHOCOLATE @_studiochocolate
Studio chocolate is an artisan chocolate shop and masterclass studio based in Nottingham owned by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Ellie. Famous for their artisan hand-painted bonbons they now literally offer everything and anything to do with chocolate (all handmade on site), from cookies, cakes, hot chocolate bombs, brownies, and masterclasses (which this year are going virtual!). If you're going to buy a loved one a box of chocolates for Christmas there is no-where else I would rather purchase from!
BY CLEMMIE @by_clemmie_
By Clemmie is handmade artisan everyday jewellery and a sister company of the famous wedding bridal accessories designer 'Clemmie' at 'Miss Clemmie Accessories'. Her one-of-a-kind limited edition pieces would make beautiful gifts for you, from you or for a special someone!
SEWN BY B @sewnbyb_
Launched by Becca and built from a love for interiors and being creative last year Sewn By B is handmade modern handmade soft furnishings for the home. All purchases are made to order to prevent wastage and the images speak for themselves they are just beautiful!