Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Merging, the new black

Shop Local First: Q&A

We champion any ideas that create new ways for independents to thrive in the market. This idea of merging bookshops & record stores we love:

Creating new ways to do business by sharing space or bringing different ideas together. Here are some of our favourite shops that encapsulate this creative thinking of merging:

One major challenge for local shopping is getting everything you need in one trip. So we applaud Sandy’s Fishmongers in Twickenham who sell excellent meats & cheeses too. So not only can you buy your razor shell clams and whole salmon but gooey brie and tasty sausages. We need more of these!

Scooterworks – a Waterloo favourite. A scooter repair & supply business and excellent cafe/bar. How useful is that?!?

Greensmiths, also Waterloo, a traditional looking food shop & cafe but actually a rather radical return to the idea of co-op/concession shopping. A number of excellent businesses have come together to provide their food including iconic butchers Ginger Pig, Post Office Bakery and, one we know well now, Waterloo Wines.

Brillrecord shop and cafe serving quite brilliant coffee in the very charming Exmouth Market.

Lock 7 in Broadway Market where you cancome in and have a drink, some cake, a meal and get your cycle repaired or just browse our selection of cycle accessories or second hand cycles.”

We’re on the lookout for more....

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