We all know that shopping locally helps the environment, and it has taken on a new importance during the uncertainty and closures related to COVID. With Christmas approaching, it is time to think about how you are going to shop!
There a numerous environmental benefits to shopping local – local products don’t have to travel as far to reach you, small scale suppliers also tend use less packaging, we are supporting local jobs and artists and we can find out directly from manufacturers how ethically sourced their materials are.
To encourage SHOP LOCAL – a new map has been created which shares the top local businesses in Northern Ireland who customers can support in the coming weeks.
The map will be regularly updated in the run up to Christmas, as more local businesses and shops request to be included.
The map, which was created by Northern Irish marketing graduate David Clarke, is sorted into categories such as gifts, home, textiles, art, health, beauty, book shops, clothing, accessories, food & drink, crafts, hobbies, music and tech.
List of local shops and businesses inspired by the Reddit NI megathread.
We have some amazing local produce here in Northern Ireland… a snap-shot of some of our favorites below, but we are always exploring and trying new businesses and products!!
Born and Bred – Born & Bred exists to help artists thrive. Founded in 2014 by Linzi Rooney (an artist herself), our day-to-day work involves mentoring makers, welcoming people into our studio and selling beautiful, locally-made gifts in our shop
Co Couture – THE best chocolate shop…. Their luxurious wares are handcrafted in small batches using only the finest raw ingredients; local produce where possible and equitably-traded products otherwise. Their chocolate is all gluten-free and refined-sugar-free, so much healthier than one might
On The Square Emporium – On The Square Emporium is a vast warehouse of antique, vintage, retro and industrial furniture and collectables. From fine Georgian Irish furniture to G-plan sideboards to reclaimed wooden tales we have it all and if you don’t see it in the shop we can source it or make it!
Rock A Doodle Do, Belfast HOT Sauce – we have gathered fresh, local ingredients and combined them with the hottest chillies in the world to produce hot sauces with a difference!
Avoca Belfast – Famous for its Irish, hand woven throws and scarves created on 300 year old handweaving looms in their Mill in Avoca village, County Wicklow, Avoca is Irish family-owned.