Love local, shop local and be local - our community of small business heros

Posted on 06/02/2024

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This February we want to spread the local love by sharing some of the local businesses in our community.

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We are so lucky that our following is full of creative, passionate and dedicated people, each fighting the good fight as a small, local business like ourselves. We know how hard it can be be to hold on to that motivation on the harder days so let's celebrate you all this month with a page dedicated to you and your businesses. 

Throughout the month we will be spreading the love across our socials and sharing stories about local business in our community. If you are a small business owner yourself based in the Berkshire/Oxfordshire/Bucks area, let us know by filling out your details here and we will make sure you are included. 

Meet our local business heros 

To start us off in our month of loving local, meet some of the local business heros that have shared their stories with us: 

  • Nicola Bannister Jewellery - Nicola is a fine jeweller who makes and sells her own jewellery collection online, but also specialises in remodelling people's sentimental jewellery. This includes giving precious and semi-precious a new lease of life. She takes on all types of repairs and all types of bespoke projects... anything is possible! Nicola also runs wedding ring making workshops for soon-to-be married couples! For all things fine jewellery, give her a shout, she is a homegrown business based in Pangbourne - Nicola Bannister Jewellery (@nicolabannister.jewellery)

  • Nourishingly Noshed - Alice is a no-bake treat maker! Nourishingly Noshed was born out of her love of healthier foods, wellbeing and her own sweet tooth! Her treats are indulgent, plant-based and made with healthy, delicious ingredients which are free from health sensitive ingredients such as gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. Customers enjoy these treats for many reason from dietary requirements to beautiful retreat snacks. Check out her page for the latest treats and bites available and to order your next scrumptious treats, fit for any occasion, or a weekly treat box ready for the weekends! Nourishingly Noshed healthier No bake treats - Alice (@nourishingly_noshed)

  • Indigo Warrior Yoga - Meg from Indigo Warrior Yoga teaches mum and baby yoga at the Soul Barns in Mortimer. Her classes include a new theme each week, like Little Flowers! Find out more about her services and how to get involved here Meg Burgess (@indigowarrioryoga)

  • Nourish by V - V from Nourish by V is a yoga teacher and a crystal bowl sound healer, who offers a variation of classes, cacao ceremonies, and sound healing evenings. We are lucky enough to have V holding a very special workshops for us at Grace & Gravity on 1st March, check it out. And visit V's page for more about her business Veronika "V" | Yoga Teacher & Sound Healer in Berkshire(@nourishbyv)

  • Pawfect Pups Boutique - Pawfect Pups Boutique are a small business that specialises in unique designed dog accessories, all made inhouse, such as harnesses, collars, leads, bows, bandanas and poo bag holders! They love to see your furry friends in their accessories, check them out Pawfect Pups Boutique (@pawfectpupsboutiqueuk)

  • Clutter free Claudia - Claudia is a small business owner, declutterer and organiser who helps busy households become clutterfree and organised! Sounds like the dream! Learn more about her business here Clutterfree with Claudia (@clutterfree_claudia)

  • Rebecca Thompson Photography - Becca is a documentary, family, and brand photographer who takes beautiful unposed photographs of the most treasured people in your life! No posing, just you living your best life! Take a look at her work here Rebecca Thompson (@rebeccathompsonphotography)

  • Therapy with Amy - Amy is a Therapist who helps people feel calmer, sleep better and reduce overwhelm with compassionate and actionable support, giving you more energy for the things you value the most. Learn more about her services here Amy | Anxiety & Sleep Therapist (@therapywithamy_)

  • Karen Jones Reflexology - Karen is a reflexologist specialising in female health, based in Burcot. Helping with fertility, pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause and wellbeing. She aims to help and support you to feel better. Women’s Health & Wellbeing (@karenjonesreflexology)

  • Debi Illustrates - Debi is an illustrator based in Streatley who sells eco-friendly note cards, as well as writing paper and greeting cards. She loves her local customers and has offered a discount code to get 10% off your order via her website, use the code LOVELOCAL. Tall Order - Personalised Greeting Cards, Notecards and Stationery

  • Poise Therapies - Felicity is a practitioner and owner of a small business Poise Therapies. Through the holistic therapies of natural facial massage and foot reflexology, she feels a calling to support the everyday modern women who seeks to find a sense if rebalance in their lives. We all wear different hats, we all plate spin! Soothing the nervous system and finding the pause button works wonders in reclaiming equilibrium - helping your inner glow to radiate outwards. Check her out here Poise Therapies (@poisetherapies) 

  • Lords Fragrance House - Eco brands don't have to be brown! Lords are a local business who blend their own oils to make unique scent experiences that take people away from the stresses of everyday life and offer a little escapism at home. Take a look at their creations here Poise Therapies (@poisetherapies)

  • Louise Claire Millinery - This is an independent milliners who have been at 36 St Mary's Street, Wallingford for over 20 years! They specialise is hats, hates and more hats! With over 1000 to either hire or purchase. They also offer a bespoke service if you want something a little more unique. So whether you are going to a wedding, Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, The Royal Garden Parties, Investitures or just for fun, we have the perfect headpiece for you. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Louise Claire Millinery (@louiseclairemillinery)

  • Trust the Goddess - These two are a mum and daughter team of Crystal Creatrixes - they make Crystal and Gemstone Jewellery, and specialise in hand-knotted Japa Mala meditation beads and stretch bracelets. They take commissions too! Check them out here TrustTheGoddess (@trustthegoddess)

  • Blcksalt Studio - Sapna Odline owns Blcksalt Studio, a website development business. She can also help you with your brand photography and family photography. We are lucky enough to have had Sapna snap some studio shots for us in the past! Check out her work here BlckSalt Studio (@blcksalt_studio)  

  • Tracy Hammond PA - Tracy and her daughter Chloe work to provide PA support for both private clients and businesses. They would love to help more women find balance by taking away the mundane and freeing up time for things like... yoga! Learn more about them here Tracy Hammond (@tracyhammondpa)  

  • The Pine in the Valley - This is a local jewellery designer and maker working with recycled metals and repurposed materials such as seaglass, scrap pottery and repurposed plastics. Have a look at their work Tracy Hammond (@tracyhammondpa)

  • The Coffee Shop - Pamela runs The Coffee Stop at The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway in Wallingford. She sells Coffee, Tea, Hot Choc, cakes and savoury bites. The space is a great meeting spot, and the team welcome local businesses to use it for a little market events or for yoga, fitness classes, crafting etc.

  • The SUP Life - A paddleboarding company made up of a small team of enthusiastic instructors from all different backgrounds who just love being on the river. They are lucky to have two gorgeous riverside bases at The Swan at Streatley and The Great House where they teach everyone from complete beginners to those wanting to perfect their technique. Plus SUP Yoga hire, corporate groups & parties, they even take pups on SUP’s! Get planning for this coming season The SUP Life (@the_sup_life)

We hope you love exploring these unique, hardworking brands as much as we do. Keep an eye on this page and our socials over the course of February where we hope to add more local businesses and share the Local Love even more!