There are hundreds of local businesses we love, whether it’s for their handcrafted pieces, scrumptious foodie offerings or bespoke originality, each small business brings a burst of something new to our beautiful area in the South West, keeping locals and day-trippers happily returning.
We’ve hand-picked a few small businesses we’d like to give a shout out to (each who specialise in something fabulously different), if you haven’t heard of them before make sure to hit follow on their social media, or if like us you’re already an admirer of what they do, show them some love in the comments below.
1. Ophelia Braithwaite, Jeweller, Uffculme
We met Phee as a fellow trader and our stall neighbour at Croyde Craft Market (which runs every Thursday in summer and is a must-visit) and fell head over heels for her handmade jewellery and infectious personality. Each timeless piece she carefully crafts in her studio has been made using the finest quality materials and hints at the beauty in nature. Lust over her jewellery collection here.
2. Shore Fired Pottery, Ceramics, North Cornwall
This one is located slightly further afield from Devon but Rebecca Davies' hand-thrown stoneware will make you swoon, so we couldn't resist including her in our line-up. Each individual piece of pottery has been inspired by the Cornish coastline and feels as beautiful as it looks. We both use our mugs crafted by Becci every day in the studio and Corinne adores her bespoke ceramic paint palette. Shop her pieces here.
3. The Cove Boutique, Vintage Clothing, Barnstaple
It truly felt like Barnstaple locals had struck gold when independently-run clothing store The Cove Boutique opened up shop. Finding vintage, retro and urban clothing in our North Devon town hasn't always been easy but thanks to owner Chay West, there's now a place to track down original Levi's funky flannels and retro sportswear. Chay also organises local events and offers so much support to likeminded small businesses; a local legend. Start shopping here.
4. Lunchbox, Vegan Heaven, Barnstaple
Praise be for Lunchbox. The vegan cafe and takeaway (tucked just off the high street at cobbled 3 Church Lane) is a temple for local workers and shoppers. Sam and Jake became vegan trailblazers when they opened the plant-based street-food-style cafe as there was nowhere offering such goods in Barnstaple. Everything is made from scratch and tastes flipping delish, just be warned, you'll never want to go back to soggy sarnies from a meal deal again. Plus, they've recently started selling vegan thalis for delivery in the evening. Rejoice at the vegan offering here.
5. Hogwash Soap, Bath and Skincare, Torrington
Hogwash Soap's handmade, palm-free and 100% natural soap range ticks all the boxes. Each high-quality soap feels exquisite on the skin, smells divine and comes beautifully wrapped. It's a one-woman operation by owner Christine, who makes the soap in small batches using traditional techniques, this includes hand whisking the mix, pouring it into wooden moulds to cure for four weeks and tenderly wrapping the soap in handmade fairtrade paper. Check out her full range of naturally gorgeous skincare here.
6. Emma Louise Castle, Watercolour Artist, Barnstaple
If you, or someone you know, is on the hunt for wedding stationary with a personal touch, look no further. Emma's beautiful stationary is delicately handcrafted using watercolour and inks, with inspiration drawn from the English coast and countryside. She also handmade Corinne's wedding invites, creating exactly what she had in mind but with added finesse. Take a look at her bespoke pieces here.
7. The Farmers Arms, Pub, Woolsery
The Farmers Arms has been scribbled into the little black book of must-visits by many foodies in North Devon and beyond, so it's no wonder Jackson & Young co-owner Sarah feels pretty chuffed that the award winning pub and fish and chip shop is her local. We'd recommend visiting for the faultless Sunday Lunch to delight in modern-yet-warm interiors, innovative twists on traditional dishes (all of which use the best of the local larder) and an excellent drinks list. Book a table here.
8. The Mill Gym and Studio, North Devon
For heart-pumping and endorphin-boosting workouts coached by fitness experts with a friendly approach and helluva lot of experience, visit The Mill Gym and Studio (situated on a holiday complex in North Devon), run by the wonderful Mim and Dan. Corinne hits the group training sessions each week and finds them second to none. Get further deets here.
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