There are plenty of reasons why it is worth staying local for some of your present buying this Christmas. Your spending will boost the local economy, it’s an ethical choice, you’ll find quirky, one-off gifts and you’ll be supporting British entrepreneurs. It also helps to build the community. I am lucky enough to live in beautiful Lewes, East Sussex where there is a strong sense of community and local businesses thrive.
There are so many wonderful Christmas events happening in Lewes over the next few weeks. A few dates for your Christmas shopping advent calendar:
Thursday, December 3rd – Late night shopping in Lewes. 6 – 8.30pm. A traffic free, festive evening!
Saturday, December 5th – Artists and Makers in the Lewes Town Hall. 10am – 5pm. The 5th is also Small Business Saturday so get involved!!
Sunday, December 13th – Pop-up Christmas Emporium. Pelham House 11am – 5pm. A one-off retail event showcasing Lewes Women In Business members
Here are a few of my favourite local independent Lewes retailers I’ll be supporting this Christmas:
Caroline Zoob Caroline’s’ online store has a beautiful selection of finds, old and new, together with the latest creations from her work room
Closet & Botts a home store on Lewes high street and an online shop selling homeware, furniture and vintage clothes.
Lewes Map Local illustrator Malcolm has produced a beautiful map of our town available to buy as prints and now tea towels, mugs and lampshades too! Lewes Map will be selling their wares in the Town Hall for Lewes Late Night Shopping this Thursday and at the Artists and Makers Fair also in the Town Hall, Saturday December 5th.
Fleurie Boutique is on Fisher street join them for a glass of fizz and canapes this Thursday for late night shopping and peruse their gorgeous second hand clothes, worn with love. Stock is ever changing and always expertly sourced and carefully chosen.
Flint I adore Flint, located in the heart of Lewes opposite the Tourist Office, a beautiful collection of homewares, clothing and much more curated by Heidi who has such fabulous taste!
Ananda Kanda My darling sister makes the most incredibly beautiful mala neclaces. They are traditionally used in prayer and meditation but can be worn by anyone seeking a calmer mind, body, and spirit. All malas are handmade by Tamsin in a spiritually pure environment and come fully charged with a relevant mantra. They are made with semi precious beads, antique and contemporary pendants from Asia. Tamsin will be at the Artists and Makers Fair this Saturday. Malas are very personal pieces of jewellery so if you are interested in having one made this would be a perfect opportunity to chat with Tamsin about it. Or you can contact her directly for bespoke commissions firstname.lastname@example.org
While you’re enjoying the Christmas festivities in Lewes this Saturday do pop into Symposium to stock up on Christmas wine. They will have a big selection of wines open for you to taste before you buy!
Wishing you all a stress free Christmas, with love,