Don’t panic, there’s still time to shop local!

We’ve spent the last ten years working with lots of small and local businesses so we understand just how critical this time of year is for them and how much of an impact the last lockdown has had.

So to help support the wonderful array of businesses we are lucky enough to have here in Chichester, we took a pledge to shop local this Christmas for as many of our gifts and festive essentials as possible. So if any of you, like us, are still looking for last minute gifts don’t panic, here are some ideas on how you still have time to support local:

~ There are a great many independent businesses in Chichester, all of which help make up the fabric, character and soul of our city. Here are just a few of our favourites:

  • Winter’s Moon. First up (and one of Rachel’s favourite spots!) is the treasure trove that is Winter’s Moon. Run by the lovely Julia, Winter’s Moon offers a wonderful mix of gifts and pretty homeware, from delightful coffee table books and chic crockery to whimsical cards and decorations.
  • Clothkits. A dream for lovers of sewing and craft, Clothkits is a haberdashery haven filled to the brim with useful tools, patterns and project inspiration. Favoured by our new recruit Kelly, this charming shop is run by local business champion Kay. We love the fact that Kay and her team of friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to advise on any sewing tasks we have in mind.
  • ZigZag. Making his mark on the Chichester fashion scene is Stu Hopkins and his popular shoe shop ZigZag. Housing an eclectic selection of cool brands, from DMs to Vagabond, ZigZag brings the best of footwear into one easy to shop location and is given the BrightWord stamp of approval by our own shoe lover Louisa.
  • Draper’s Yard. The indie shoppers dream hub, Draper’s Yard is chock full of fantastic independent businesses selling everything from coffee and groceries to homeware and crafts. This year they also launched a YUM Saturday, offering deliveries and collections on all local produce and supplies from their yardies.
  • The Floral Artisan. With a new pop-up shop at The Barn in Little London, The Floral Artisan is our go-to for fresh flowers. From jam jar posies and beautiful bouquets to Christmas wreaths and workshops, we love Lucy’s passion for seasonal blooms and her natural approach to flower arranging.
  • Rosie Rose. In the market for one-of-a-kind furniture or quirky ornaments? Then Rosie Rose is the place for you. This lovely shop is fairly new to Chichester, but – despite the pandemic – has been going from strength to strength. Entering Rosie Rose is like stepping into Aladdin’s Cave with their eclectic mix of products and clothing, we challenge you to leave empty handed.

~ Memberships – with many attractions such as museums and theatres being forced to close and cancel events this year, it is the ideal time to show your support for the future by treating loved ones to a membership or annual pass this Christmas.

~ Food glorious food – we’ve all missed eating out as much this year and the restaurants have certainly suffered so why not treat your foodie friends and family to gift vouchers to dine out at their favourite local eatery when the time is right.

~ The pivoters – we’ve been so impressed with many of the businesses that have quickly adapted this year to ensure they can survive the pandemic. For example, with weddings on hold Southend Barns launched decadent dining events in their usually exclusive venue. Why not take advantage of these unique experiences and purchase gift vouchers?

~ If this wasn’t enough inspiration for supporting local, you can also pick up a Chichester Gift Card, which can be used in over 140 of the shops, eateries and salons in the city centre.

We hope this helps towards you enjoying a very last minute but local Christmas this year.

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