Shop local in lockdown #3
We made it to week 3 of our Shop Local lockdown blog! That’s testament to how good Bristol’s independent shops are. We’ve ventured beyond BS3 for this week’s top picks and loved gathering these five choices. Obviously, these small local shops need our support now more than ever, so hit them up for your Xmas pressies and lockdown treats.
BAM stores & spaces
BAM is a much-loved not-for-profit lifestyle store in Easton that sells art, vinyl, gifts, beauty, toys, books and more. In non-Covid times they also host workshops, events and talks and can’t wait to welcome everyone back in person when we can. Founder Fran Harkness is dedicated to supporting local artists and encouraging creativity in the community, something that’s reflected in the treasure trove of gorgeous objects they sell. The shop is currently closed but they’re still open for online orders.
Pot Heads Pottery
The Pot Heads are handmade ceramic beings created by community artist Tasha Bee and many budding ceramicists. Based in Bristol, Tasha runs regular workshops in her studio, local pubs and people’s homes that aim to be fun, relaxing sessions that encourage social connection and creativity with a healthy dose of silliness! Gather Round members, Enviral had a team evening there last July and gave it a big thumbs up. In response to lockdown, Tasha has created Postal Pottery Packages and is enjoying seeing the Pot Head population grow as people across the UK are joining the movement and creating pots from the safety of their own homes. It’s such a fun activity for all the family – get your orders in for a fun boxing day activity!
As a thank you to Gather Round blog readers, Pot Heads have offered a 10% discount code that’s valid until 7th Dec (when Christmas pre-orders close).
10% Discount Code: GATHERROUND10
Fed 303 opened its doors at the top end of Gloucester Road in June 2018 and has been a resounding hit with locals and in-the-know Bristolians. Think amazing toasties, delicious homemade soups and hearty brunch options as well as a to-die-for selection of homemade cakes. This is a delight that cannot be missed! Since lockdown 1.1, the Fed team have worked tirelessly to adapt to the ever-changing environment, turning their lovely little cafe into a convenience store & takeaway and offering delivery across Bristol. In fact, it’s been so successful that they’ve recently opened a second shop in Cotham. It’s no surprise that Fed has a huge following in Bristol due to the amazing food, wonderful atmosphere and legendary service from founders Charlotte and Ross. We LOVE Fed – their black garlic aioli & cheese toasties are another level!
As a thank you to Gather Round blog readers, Fed have offered a 10% discount code: GATHERROUND10
That Thing opened up in 2015 and houses around 50 independent Bristol-based designers, as well as their own in-house line. The shop’s ethos is to present an up-to-the-minute eclectic mix of unique pieces, affordable streetwear, vintage clothing and lifestyle products. They also stock homeware, gifts, club night tickets and graffiti spray paint, and are well known for their support of Bristol’s creative arts scene. Our Community Manager Amie is a BIG fan: “Every time I go in there I can’t help buying a fab pair of bright earrings! My fave recycled plastic bottle raincoat is from there too!”. Shop online before they open back up on Dec 2nd and if you’re in Stokes Croft in the run-up to Christmas, it’s a must for quirky Christmas pressies.
Left Handed Giant Brewing
We love a good beer at Gather Round and Left Handed Giant is definitely a firm favourite with our members. LHG are a Bristol-based brewing company with three premises across the City. They brew a variety of styles from two breweries, selling over 70% of their production through their venues at Finzels Reach Brewpub, St Philips Tap Room, and from where it all began at the legendary Small Bar in the City Centre. They’re community-owned and aim to carry out an employee buy-out within the next 3 years, making them one of the only UK employee-owned breweries. They really are truly independent and a great company to support.
Keep Bristol Thriving are on a mission to help as many local independent businesses as possible – read all about it here: https://keepbristolthriving.com/
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Shop Local series. As we leave lockdown and move into the local tiered system, this is our last instalment. Don’t worry though, we’ll be back with our Christmas special.