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20.04.2020- Lockdown Life: Small businesses to support

There's no doubt that lots of small businesses are facing a huge degree of uncertainty just at the moment. With lockdown looking like the new reality for the foreseeable future, there's a lot to be said for supporting small, independent and local businesses where you can. A huge number are evolving their online offer too, so there's plenty to peruse if you're keen to show your support. With that in mind, I've curated a little list of my favourite small businesses here:

Quattro Rish 
Quattro Rish is one of my favourite local boutiques, and I always love popping in to see the wonderful products which Ivy and her team have curated and styled so well. They stock lots of my favourite brands including Stine Goya, Baum und Pferdgarten and American Vintage, and recently Ivy has been taking to their Instagram page to share some lovely IGTV styling videos too. Perfect for picking up some inspiration, and a great way to support a really fantastic team too. They are currently offering 10% off all orders with the code MSPRINGSUMMER10 and free UK delivery.

Another favourite of mine, Curated Women have recently evolved their Richmond-based shop online. Offering a lovely selection of styles from brands including LF Markey, YMC and Carhatt, they also curate a
selection of pieces from local artists which are guaranteed to spruce up your spaces at home if you're in nesting mode.

I've loved Annie's work since I came across her on Instagram last year, and she's got some beautiful prints on her site if you're keen to make your home a little bit cheerier at the moment. I adore her floral designs, and she's also got some gorgeous cards available too if you're getting reacquainted with communicating the old fashioned way. She's currently running a reduced shipping schedule but at the time of writing this post is still selling! 

Brighton-based Tidy Street Store is another favourite of mine, and they're still operating online, offering spring and summer staples from brands such as Soeur and Batsheva and a beautifully curated selection of jewellery. 

If you're in the market to get crafty at the moment, then look no further than Petite Papers! They specialise in supplies for making crepe paper flowers, but have got plenty to help you embrace your creativity, including stamp sets which are next on my shopping list.
If you're becoming more mindful of where you source your food from, as well as how fresh it is, then why not check if your local farm is offering a delivery box to your doorstep? My local farm (Flower Farm) might not be open to the public but they are doing an amazing job at keeping the local community going, offering fruit and vegetable boxes, with bolt on options available depending on what you might need to supplement your store cupboard. Everything we've had so far has been absolutely delicious so I can't recommend exploring your local farm as an option for food delivery if you can!

I've been a regular Quill customer since I started practicing calligraphy a few years ago, and they've recently expanded their online shop to offer lots of new goodies. As well as that, they are offering their modern calligraphy classes online, so well worth exploring if you're in search of a new hobby or just want to practice from home with the help of an expert. 

Another Instagram favourite which has recently headed online, Hilda Vintage have a selection of expertly curated vintage clothes and accessories, from beautiful shirts to sharp tailoring- and lovely hats and bags too. If you're looking for some unique additions to your wardrobe, then this is the place to go!

If you're London based, then Bread Ahead is offering bread deliveries for £5. Even better than that, they are also offering online workshops and daily tutorials via their Instagram at 2pm every day. Perfect for getting
inspired in the kitchen!

Which local businesses are you supporting?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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