There’s no denying that keeping your money local benefits everyone in the community, especially on the Isle of Wight. Shopping independently not only boosts the local economy but it also provides jobs and creates a unique identity to our high streets. So, with Small Business Saturday arriving tomorrow (7th December), why don’t you treat yourself and your family to some independent shopping?
You’ll find our independent shops are full of character and on the Isle of Wight, there is an abundance of locally-owned retailers that offer a huge variety of goods. From handcrafted jewellery and antiques, to blown glass and homemade fudge, there is something for everyone this Christmas.
What you won’t find at mainstream stores is the personal touch small businesses can offer. Building relationships with owners and staff creates a sense of community and promotes artisanal features within the local area. Furthermore, shopping independently can boost the local economy and create jobs.
The high street can be full of plenty of wonderful and quirky local shops, but they can only survive with our help. Plus, local shops can offer goods and services that you won’t be able to find online, and with the Island producing some of the best local businesses around, why would you go anywhere else? It doesn’t have to be more expensive either and can be a fantastic way to make new friends, gain new experiences and help build a bigger community. This is our guide to the best of local, no matter what you are looking for.
Peach – Vegan Kitchen & Zero Waste Store
Peach, a 100% plant based cafe and the Isle of Wight’s first zero-waste store, are flourishing in the Newport highstreet scene! Alongside a very tasty vegan breakfast or lunch you can also pick up a variety of the world’s best plastic free and refill products to take home with you.
The heart of independant on the Isle of Wight. At the barns you can see a whole host of skilled artisans at work, visit a range of independent shops featuring everything from interior furnishings & accessories to designer handbags, gifts & jewellery. You can easily spend an afternoon looking round everything there is to offer and if you get peckish The Dairyman’s Daughter is situated right in the centre.
Staples & Green
Here you can find plenty of thoughtfully selected products to suit your home and interior spaces. You can also find a variety of lifestyle products and new seasonal stock. The store is open seven days a week so head over and take a look at your leisure.
Nestled in the beautiful Victorian town of Ventnor, the boutique offers a large range of hand-made jewellery, both bespoke and off the shelf. If you’re looking for a special piece, it’s well worth taking a look through their selection.
The Garlic Farm
Filled to the brim with a mouth-watering array of garlicky goodness, you’ll find chutneys, relishes, garlic beers and even ice creams! On top of
great products the farm is situated in beautiful unspoilt scenery and has a wonderful restaurant and garlic filled menu.