Sophie Likes….shopping small and shopping locally!
We are lucky enough to have a shop in beautiful Harrogate and be part of the growing independent scene of the town but certainly know what it is like to be competing with the giants that seem to be cloning our towns to be identical.
On Beulah St alone we have a fabulous local butcher, Yorkshire Farmers Meat Co, an independent jewellers I’Anson, a local florist Blameys and an independent card shop Magpie. What we need to realise is that these fabulous indies only continue to be there with the support of loyal customers and visitors.
With the help the of American Express ‘Shop Small, Shop Local’ campaign over the last few years we have been encouraged to spend our money over the festive season with local suppliers and independent small businesses. Your money spent in these places is not only massively appreciated but it gives you as a cardholder an incentive as you get £5 back for every £10 spent!
As every Christmas comes and goes some might say the traditional festive spirit is being hampered by mass market advertising and everything revolve around spending money on the High Street. I think that by spending your hard earned money by shopping in those small gems in your town centre will help make your town what it is! Not only is every penny greatly appreciated by the local business but you will spread some festive cheer and sparkle and will get great customer service too!
So this year, I am going to make it my mission to see how much of my Christmas is made up of supplies and gifts that I have bought from those small, local businesses. I will buy my cards and wrapping paper from Magpie, an outfit for my Christmas party from Pookie, my cheese from the Cheeseboard and maybe even have a glass of fizz in Stuzzi after a days shopping. I am sure by Christmas day I will have a warm fuzzy feeling inside knowing I will truly have found the meaning behind a “Shop small shop local” Christmas!
We hope that you will support us too and don’t forget you will be rewarded £5 for every £10 you spend in store on your American Express card from 5th December -20th December!