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Blog Local Shop Small This Christmas

Shop Small This Christmas

by Chris | Local

This year has been less than great for many small businesses and here at PMP we wanted to try and help some of your favourite independent retailers gain some new regulars and give you guys the chance to shop small this Christmas. First stop… Bristol!

Doing this UK-wide is a big task, so we thought we’d choose a city to pilot the idea first. Why Bristol? In February this year we moved our main office from London to Bristol, but were forced to vacate a month or so later as the pandemic struck. Our large multi-national landlord, whom I won’t name (rhymes with “egregious”), are still collecting our rent IN FULL…

Also, Bristol is the home-town of our our Founder Chris’ family and his former (and probably future) home.

We asked Bristolian PMPers to name their favourite indie shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and retailers on our Survey Draw and they did not disappoint! From Ballet shoes to sausage rolls, Bristol has a whole host of fantastic independent retailers and we had recommendations in their hundreds so we decided to plot them onto a map!

We also meticulously picked out those who had been recommended more than once and we’ve decided to showcase them right here on PMP:



Ahh toots

17 Christmas Street, BS1 5BT

Tucked-away on Christmas Street, Ahh toots is an independent cake shop crafting vegan-friendly desserts as well as sausage rolls & coffee. Ahh toots is an independent cakery and biscuitier shop where the most incredible cakes are created. Head over to their website to order your own edible creation! Lockdown info: Open for takeaway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Brownie boxes available by mail UK-wide!



Dave John Family Butcher

The Butchers Shop, St Peters Rise, BS13 7LU

Located on St Peter’s Rise, Dave John Family Butchers is our most recommended butcher/green grocer in Bristol. Serving up fresh fruit, vegetables and the finest cuts of meat all year round, they’re also taking Christmas orders so head over to pick up your festive feasts! You can see their Facebook page here above. 



Deli @ Sandy Park

10 Sandy Park Rd, Brislington, BS4 3PE

A small family run business in the heart of Brislington. Deli @ Sandy Park is a contemporary delicatessen specialising in local and international meats and cheeses as well as local produce and fresh groceries. Offering cheeses, meats, anti-pasti as well as in house salads, quiches, arancini, vegan rolls and sausage rolls plus a varying selection of tasty treats, they’ve got something to suit everyone. 



Fox & West – deli

Unit 3, 172 Wells Rd, Totterdown, BS4 2AL

Fox & West has been nestled happily in the heart of Totterdown since 2017. Providing fresh, British and local produce where possible, delicious local cheeses and fresh bread daily alongside plastic-free store cupboard shopping for their customers. Their range of Vegan, Gluten-Free and Palm Oil free products are constantly expanding and they are always happy to look into recommendations.



Kondi Gifts – gift shop

103 Henleaze Rd, Henleaze, BS9 4JP

Offering lifestyle items, jewellery, toiletries, cards, children’s games and toys and so much more, Kondi Gifts is the place to go to pick up gifts handmade by local designers and artists.



Proper Job

1 Warrington Rd, Brislington, BS4 5AQ

Proper Job has become famous for its great value range of paint, DIY tools, housewares, auto goods, decorating, toys, art supplies, kitchen and bathroom items. Proper Job was recommended for all things DIY!



Simply Green – refill shop

132, The, High St, Nailsea, BS48 1AH

Selling a wide range of dried foods and zero waste lifestyle products, Simply Green offers a plastic-free alternative to the over packaged items typically found in supermarkets. Stored in easy-to-use dispensers and jars, customers are encouraged to bring in their empty containers, fill them with as little or as much as they like!



Swagger Unique

47 High Street, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6BA

Alice, the founder of Swagger Unique, is a shopaholic, but just couldn’t find that ‘off the wall’ stuff that really made her day. ‘Something Special’ just wasn’t out there so she founded Swagger. They’re currently offering delivery and a click and collect service. Tuesday 10.00am – 1.00pm Thursday 10.00am – 1.00pm Saturday 10.00am – 1.00pm



If you found this useful or would like us to do something similar for your area, or if you run or know of a small business that could benefit from some PMP exposure, let us know in the comments or fill out our short form with your feedback. From London to Lands End, we can showcase small businesses across the country but it will only be possible with your help.