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How to support the businesses you 💕 love 💕

My weekly round up of who's open for business and how you can help - let me know if I've missed off anyone!

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s shout-out time for the brilliant Bucks & Oxon indies that are open for business or doing something new to tackle lockdown. Pleasy please share this feature, and let’s get word out as far and wide as possible.

If you fancy a laugh (at my expense, I’m terrible) also make sure you look out for the second instalment of my #InLoveWithLocal video bulletin on Wednesday (see last week’s here).

Right, here goes:

The wheels are still spinning and the kiln’s still hot over at North Marston Pottery. The gallery and pottery school produce a stunning range of hand-thrown functional pots, plates and bowl in pretty blues and greens which you can purchase direct the website soon. In the meantime, send the team a direct message and they can deliver.

Jericho Cookery School have just released dates for a brand new class to book now for when the dust settles: The Sustainable Kitchen. Hosted in Jericho Kitchen’s lovely Nuneham Courtney HQ, the classes will be given by Marcia Barrington (you’ll have met if you’ve taken part in one of the cookery school’s Mexican classes) and will focus on buying local produce, reducing waste and shopping smart. Available dates are 10 Jul, 11 Sept, 2 Oct & 21 Nov.

Feather and Nest, the brilliant Muddy Award-winning gift shop based in Wallingford and Didcot, is still trading online. Keep your eyes peeled for gift boxes including Boredom Busting Boxes (safe to say we all need one of those) and Birthday Boxes launching this week.

The magnificent NORSK café in Haddenham is closed of course but they also have a fab homeware section that they are showing on Instagram (@norsk_inspiration). If you see anything you like (warning: you will, it’s Scandi heaven), contact them through IG messaging or email and they’ll organise local delivery to villages around Haddenham/Thame area or post for those further afield. They’re also offering NORSK £10 gift vouchers and the house blend 1 kg coffee beans for £30.

Restaurants, cafés and pubs, listen up! Henley-based Kitchen Cut has developed a fantastic tool to help businesses take orders online and the service can be used even if you don’t have a website. Oh yeah, the best bit is that it’s totally free!

Local online boutique Raindrops & Roses offers a gorgeous range of jewellery, accessories and gifts handpicked by owner Sam that can be delivered straight to you (plus snaffle 20% off and free P&P with code UNITE).

Also delivering is Chorley Would, run by local gal Meg – the online store sells a range of majorly cool 18k gold and sterling silver pieces (singer Ella Eyre is a fan), perfect if you have a style-conscious teen’s birthday coming up.

Aylesbury-based language school Kidslingo has taken its classed online, offering Zoom sessions in French and Spanish for children aged 0 – 11. Muy Bueno!

Watlington’s hard-working The Granary Deli is still offering business as usual, with the deli open 9am – 3pm (Mon – Sat). Check out Facebook to see the delivery menu too.

The Full Moon at Hawridge, South Bucks, is offering take home meals, as well as fresh pastries, cake, beer, wine and fish and chips on Thurs, plus it’s delivering to those who are self isolating.

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Henley-based events catering company Time for Tea Vintage has put together brilliant fruit and veg boxes (£25 each) all sourced within a 10 mile radius of Henley. Boxes are delivered on Tues, Thurs and Sat and are a great option for supporting local and getting fresh produce (especially when when supermarket delivery slots are like gold dust these days – I haven’t managed to book a single slot in four weeks!).

Olney-based Zest Yoga Studio is now offering virtual yoga sessions via Zoom with single classes available from £12.

Cheese incoming! The Cookhouse Deli, in Wallingford is delivering its delicious range of cheeses (along with other household staples). The list of available cheeses can be found on the deli’s website and you can place an order by emailing or calling Paul on 07855530169.

Contemporary fine dining restaurant Crockers Henley which was due to open this month has instead launched a premium takeaway service of freshly cooked and frozen meals, as well as wine and pre-mixed cocktails. Orders are from 2.30pm, with collection between 4pm and 8pm.

We’re spending a lot more time at home, so why not give your furniture a bit of a revamp? re:seated, a funky new Bucks-based business that brings retro furniture back to life, are doing no-contact pick up and delivering, and – to this mid century furniture nut – look utterly fabulous.

Marlow-based L’Atelier Lucie, which commissions and sells beautiful up-cycled furniture, is still operating with online consultations and a no-contact pickup/delivery service.

You can still get your pickle fix during lockdown as Oxfordshire-based Cranston Pickles is posting and delivering. Pickle deliveries are on Mon and then on Sat you can order veggie scotch eggs (I’ve tried one, they’re divine) delivered. Email to order.

Native Feasts supper club will be delivering its new menu this Fri (17 Apr) in a and around Thame. On the menu this week is wild garlic and tomato tart, treacle-cured ham and white chocolate bread and butter pudding, plus you can add a locally sourced wine box because, well, why wouldn’t you?!

Oxford-based studio Prana Yoga is hosting heaps of live classes via Zoom, or if you’re pressed for time (homeschooling, WFH, the list goes on) you can download pre-recorded classes.

La Table d’Alix at The Plough in Great Haseley (the same team behind The Swan at Tetsworth led by the awesome Antoine) are offering slap-up takeaway meals that you heat up at home – go fill your boots on Boeuf Bourguignon and apple tarte tatin!

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I’m loving new local initiative Cofight-19 – a 19 day campaign to fight fear surrounding coronavirus by giving structured support for families and young people. Each day includes new activities to take part in – you can start from Day 1 here.

As well as selling its range of spirits online, The Oxford Artisan Distillery is doing it’s bit to battle Covid-19 by making alcohol hand sanitisers for local care homes, hospitals and communities. You can donate to the cause here.

I think we can all agree that our brilliant healthcare workers need a bloody good holiday once this is all over – which is the idea behind Operation Recuperation. The initiative is asking people to donate future stays in holiday homes, second homes, hotels and B&Bs to give frontline workers some much needed R&R. More info here.

Please share this feature – just forward using the top left icons next to the headline, and use the comment box to thank the businesses you love, or tell me the latest where you are. #inlovewithlocal #KOCorona

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3 comments on “How to support the businesses you 💕 love 💕”

  • Rachel Sherwood April 14, 2020

    Thank you SO much Hero for the shout out for Operation Recuperation! We’ve now got enough second home donations to give almost 100 frontline healthcare workers some much needed R&R once this crisis is over. It’s wonderful that you’re helping us reach even more second home owners and hoteliers who may be able to donate. Thank you 🙏

  • edinchief April 15, 2020

    You’re totally welcome, really happy to help x

  • Chrissie April 19, 2020

    The granery deli in watlington are delivering locally and are doing a very tasty sounding Middle Eastern menu this Friday


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