Shop your locals (part two)

Here’s a few more of those fabulous local shops to support in this challenging time. With things changing daily, it’s important to show kindness to our local community, including those wonderful independent shops who are the heart and soul of York’s high street. 

Chinese Laundry 

Any vintage clothing lovers around York (or Hull) will be well acquainted with this fabulous shop. Not only does this store have a great selection of vintage clothing but has a fabulous array of accessories, and a killer Instagram full styling inspo and, as of recent, community support! There’s always a great vibe within the store, and a trip to town isn’t complete without popping in to see what gems you might find. 

Despite closing their shops, Chinese Laundry are developing a website, due to launch at the end of the month. Make sure to keep up to date on their social media for this exciting launch and be sure to browse the clothing once the website goes live! 

Bison 

As York uni students well know, Bison holds a place close to all our hearts. This coffee shop not only has delicious coffee, but also has the tastiest brownies – and who hasn’t heard of these infamous treats?! Bison has been a go-to place for many students over the years due to its welcoming vibes and lovely staff, and with the final term of university being moved online, it seems more important than ever for those still in York to support Bison.

Unfortunately, following government advice the café has now had to close its seating areas and takeaway, but is currently working hard on creating a delivery service of their ground coffee and coffee beans in the local area. If you’re needing coffee in this chaotic time, then order from Bison instead of going to the supermarket, you won’t be disappointed! Follow their Instagram for all their updates.

Rise and Shine Living York 

This family-run shop is situated on one of my favourite streets in York, Fossgate. Walking past daily on my route to town, their window displays (featuring a rainbow of beautiful Chilly’s bottles) always makes me stop and stare. Selling a fab selection of British made and sustainable homeware, this shop never fails to shine, even on the dullest of days. 

The shop has sadly now closed, but do have an online store, giving the chance for customers to continue their fabulous instore experience online, with equally as wonderful products. Currently they are offering 10% discount using the code CV19 and free delivery for those local to York (all the details can be found here), all ending at the end of the month, giving you ample time to shop.

Fabrication Crafts 

This social enterprise supports talented local artist and designers, providing both work and retail spaces in both their Leeds and York stores. The shops are filled with locally made products, where you can find the most wonderful, personal gifts for friends and family. Walking around the York shop, you are amazed by the talent of all the artists and instantly inspired to get crafty yourself. Fabrication crafts also hosts workshops, bringing the community together with their love for craft. 

With this uncertain time, supporting these talented micro-businesses is more important than ever. Luckily, they have an online store where you can find a few of their products. Make sure to check out their online store if you’re in the search of a hand-made gift in the coming weeks.  

The Shambles Market

York boasts a wonderful and popular local market, selling fresh fruit and veg, flowers and plants, antiques, sweet treats and lots more. A visit to York city centre is incomplete if you do not end up wandering through the infamous Shambles and walk through the marketplace. In a time where necessities are in demand, and under strain, remember shopping for fresh fruit and veg from the markets not only sustains the marketplace but provides valuable income to independent traders, especially at this time of uncertainty.

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