Small Business Saturday returns tomorrow!
For this week’s #FinditinExeter we want to inspire you to support local and shop independent this weekend, and thereafter. Exeter has a wealth of indie lifestyle and clothing boutiques, artisans, gift shops and food stores as well as charming wining and dining venues. So, if you are Christmas shopping this weekend be sure to join the rest of the nation in going out and supporting your local high street.
Exeter city centre has exciting areas to explore.
If like most you start the day with a brew, head to Queen Street for your coffee fix. From Exploding Bakery to Devon Coffee, these unique establishments serve up the finest coffee from the UK’s top roasteries, alongside locally made cakes and inhouse savoury dishes.
Then it’s time to start shopping! Walk along the cobbles of idyllic Gandy Street and you will be spoilt for choice with gift options. Pop into Mantis, The Recycled Candle Company, Chococo, Moko and neighbours for locally crafted goods that no stocking would do without – including jewellery, homeware, candles and sweet treats.
If style is what you’re all about, a trip to Exeter isn’t complete without a visit to Fore Street. Take your pick from retro-inspired Frock’s in Swing Time, sustainable fashion heroes Sancho’s and Sancho’s Men, Italian fashion at The Black Pearl and contemporary menswear store Always in Colour.
Once the clock strikes midday, head straight to North and South Street for lunch. Choose from plant based The Linden’s vegan selection, March Coffee’s simple but wow brunch options, the modern European menu of The Conservatory Restaurant or go classic with fish and chips from Hook. These eateries and their neighbours all serve up delicious lunch time menus with something for every taste.
With half a day still to go, the following three areas: Paris Street, Castle Street and Princesshay are still waiting to be explored. If you’re gifting a foodie head to Chandos Deli in Princesshay for hamper treats, or how about Inside Out for handmade homeware. For artisan creations, Erin Cox on Castle Street creates contemporary unique gold and platinum jewellery inhouse, and next door you will find Flowers by Sophie Millington making wonderfully wild floral creations – both perfect for that special someone this Christmas. Finally, Paris Street is abundant with a variety of indies. From caking-making goods at Bake, house plants galore at Hutch and natural wines and cider from Pullo.
Once the sun goes down head to Sidwell Street for some post shopping dinner. Eat the Bird is the place to go for laid back feasting on burgers, beer and more. Or how about getting cosy in Ebdons for a festive deli board topped with local cheeses, charcuterie and more, plus a glass of red wine on the side.
Finish your Small Business Saturday celebration on the High Street the only way… with cocktails! Both Circa 1924 and Artigiano’s resident mixologists create bespoke cocktails using the finest spirits and mixers available that will indulge your desire for a festive tipple.
Whether you’re Christmas shopping or festive dining, be sure to get involved with #SmallBizSatUK in Exeter tomorrow and support the local, independent businesses that give our city its character.