We all know that ‘sharing is caring’ so that’s why I’m going to tell you about 5 of my favourite local small businesses that are based in and around the Bristol area. From the best place to eat out with the kids to where to get your dog groomed, I’ve got it covered…
Little Giggles opened up in Yate (BS37) just over a year ago and we are regular visitors there. It’s very different to any other soft play centres we’ve been to (and in my almost-4-years of parenthood, we’ve been to a fair few!) The equipment is best suited to under-5s and the entire layout is open plan so playing along with your children (or keeping an eye on them from the cafe) is much easier. Little Giggles is a family-run business and I am always so impressed with how much the owners listen to feedback from the parents and carers who use their softplay. They’re always changing and adapting the centre accordingly, and always striving to make every visit fun and memorable.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have no doubt heard about the plastic crisis that our country is facing. Thanks to supermarket packaging, we’re using WAY too much of it! I’ve written on the blog before about my hatred of plastic and I’m always looking for ways for my family to live greener and reduce waste. So, when I heard about Scoopaway Health Foods (BS7) I got very excited indeed. They “specialise in Natural Wholesome Foods and Remedies for the whole family”. But not only that, they minimise their packaging and food waste by making their best selling lines available loose, enabling customers to scoop as much or as little as they need. This lady *points to self* plans to take a trip to Scoopaway, armed with many empty glass jars.
If you’ve a need for T-shirt printing in Bristol (Organising a hen do, perhaps?) and want to support a small local business then head to Printsome. Not only can they provide more t-shirt styles and colours than you can shake a stick at, they’ll give you a quote for your garments within 30 minutes. And if you’re in a hurry, you can even have them delivered the very next day. Jobs a good ‘un.
4) The Parlour
We seldom eat out as a family these days as it seems that a good family-friendly restaurant is hard to come by. But just recently I heard about The Parlour (BS6), an independent (and kid-friendly) ice cream shop. It’s been running as an ice cream parlour since 1974 but recently the owner, Nicolo, has turned it into a high quality Italian restaurant. “It’s very much a family vibe; a place in which all ages can enjoy with delicious ice cream, pasta and charcuterie boards on the menu.” Click here to check out the menu and make a reservation!
I couldn’t not mention my favourite local pet store, Petsupplies-uk (BS37). Every time we visit (myself and the furry member of the family) we get the warmest of welcomes and fantastic customer service. Not only do we pop in for food and doggy treats, but this is also where we get Heidi groomed every couple of months. The grooming prices are very reasonable and Heidi always comes out looking and smelling beautiful (it’s a shame it doesn’t last long before she inevitably rolls in something she shouldn’t!) ;)
So there you have it, 5 small local buinesses I wanted to shout about!
If you live in and around Bristol, I’d love to hear about your favourite local businesses too!
Let me know in the comments!