This month we’ve put the Suffolk small business spotlight on another 5 independent businesses in and around the county.
Looking for a unique gift? LoveOne is the perfect place to look for gifts for your loved ones. Owner Cathy Frost opened the shop in November 2007. Since then it has become a well-loved shop within the array of wonderful businesses on St Peters Street in Ipswich.
Cathy wanted the shop to be an alternative to the standard high street gift shop, showcasing the best designers and makers that Suffolk and Britain have to offer. Stock is regularly updated with new designers being brought in and all items are handpicked by Cathy. You can find some amazing pieces in here from Jellycat plush toys to artwork, jewellery to home décor.
Hannah Berridge Ceramics
Hannah Berridge hand paints beautiful ceramics from her studio in Suffolk. She is inspired by the beauty of the countryside and the seaside towns that surround her. Hannah creates a wide range of designs, from beach huts to flowers, animals to boats. She also produces special designs for most occasions, including weddings, and can make bespoke, personalised gifts. Each piece is unique and will make a beautiful addition to your home.
If you are a lover of books and tea then this shop is for you! Booklover Jules decided to open the Woodbridge Emporium in May 2017 so she could be surrounded by books all the time. This unique bookstore has such a welcoming feel to it. The motto is ‘Don’t compete, be different’ and the store ‘welcomes all types of books and all types of people’.
The bookstore has become a much-loved part of the community with its welcoming and spiritual feel. It stocks a wide range of books from the mainstream titles to alternative and educational books. Not only do they sell books but they also offer a range of loose-leaf teas. Tea and books go perfectly hand in hand!
Founded in 2013 by Deborah Thomas, Doe focuses on making covetable leather accessories using the highest quality bridle hide leather and the most skilled craftspeople. With a design studio in Suffolk and traditional family run factory in the West Midlands, the brand is committed to retaining its British heritage.
Deborah’s great-great grandfather ran a successful tannery in Northampton which began life producing leather linings for shoes and hats. The factory continued as a family business for almost 100 years before sadly closing its doors in the early 2000s. With the realisation that the embossed leather swatches were likely to end up in landfill, Deborah and her father rescued them, and these original, vintage swatches are what are now used to add a little of the old tannery history to each of the pieces. The collection includes bags, purses, belts, key-rings, glasses cases and more.
The House in Town
The House in Town is a unique, family run interiors store on St Peters Street in Ipswich. With over 30,000 items which can be found on their website, brochures or in store, you’ll find everything from decorative items, lighting, furniture, mirrors, artwork and more. The shop has over two floors of treasures to explore and the team are always sourcing new stock from exciting designers. Whether you like a modern home, traditional style, glamorous interior or quirky vibe, you’ll find something to suit your taste at The House in Town.
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About the Author: Chloe Lamb is a Fashion Communication & Promotion student and writer who focuses on fashion, books and lifestyle. If she’s not writing for her blog https://awritedreamer.wordpress.com then you can find her with her nose in a book!