Be Sound. Support Local. Shop Indie.

This year has been outright challenging for all of us. Arguably more so for the local indie shops, restaurants and bars. They’ve been hit really hard. They’re the places we all love. They’re the places we show our friends and family when they visit. They’re the local places that make us call wherever we live, home. But if you’re being honest do you use them enough as you could?

Be sound. This year show as much love and support as possible to your local independent in the run up to Christmas. This weekend is Small Business Saturday, which highlights great indie retailers across the UK.

Here are some of our Favourite local places

BARBAKAN

Barbakan – A bonafide Chorlton institution for over 50 years. If you’ve lived in South Manchester or visited anyone who does you’ve almost certainly been here for baked goods, brunch or both.  We’d highly recommend the Norlander Loaf and the Onion Bagels.

Batch Deli

Opened just before lockdown #1 Batch Deli has been fueling the residents of Altrincham with tasty sandwiches and charcuterie through the strangest of times. Worth popping next door to Batch Bottlestore for a very eclectic range of craft beers and natural wines.

Benji's Shop

Benjis Shop

Based in Ancoats, Benji’s Shop is a fantastic example of turning a hobby into a business  during lockdown. These lovely humans sell the cutest gifts and homeware pieces for super affordable prices!

Butchers quarter

The Butcher’s Quarter is an artisan butcher (and cheesemonger) based in the Northern Quarter. There’s a hint of Scottish flavour on show, (the cheese is from IJ Mellis in Edinburgh), with the tasty square Lorne Sausage being a particular highlight with our meat eating members of the team.

The Cycle Centre

Cycle Centre Runcorn

With cycling booming during lockdown getting repairs was almost impossible (despite what certain national chains were promising) So here’s a big shout out to local bike shop across the UK, with special mention to the Cycle Centre in Runcorn for keeping the team active (well the one of us who’s local to Runcorn anyway!)

Groceries and Beer

Nestled in the centre of Sale, Groceries and Beer is an amazing local convenience store, that does exactly what it says. Stock groceries, craft beer along with refill household products, fruit and veg, plants, and pretty much anything else you could want. A proper local store, supplying local food and drink for local people. Massive respect.

GrUB

It’s lovely going to Grub on the weekends for an amazing collection of different street food vendors. Saturday is anything goes and Sunday is strictly vegan. The vibe is so fun and everyone is lovely! Sadly they’re not allowed to open currently, so they’re running Grub-E-Mart to get through Covid, each week is different menus of food/meals you can order at home.

Josh and Nelly

Based in Sale but with a lovely website and home delivery, Josh and Nelly is a superb  independent toy store selling a selection of wooden toys, children’s homeware and sustainable gifts for children.

LuckY Bee

Lucky Bee Gin

Another newbie started during lockdown, Lucky Bee is a small batch craft gin company based in Timperley. Using locally sourced botanics they distill their own gin. And it’s bloody incredible.

Pancho's

Panchos

Panchos have a mexican food stall in the Arndale which is mega! But mostly we use Panchos for the different mexican groceries they sell. The staff are all so nice and always happy to help people learn how to use the ingredients and improve their cooking skills.

Passion Fruit Coffee

Passion Fruit Coffee is an amazing coffee roasters based in Trafford who started offering home delivery during lockdown.  They’ve recently set up a small shop in Chorlton which is a great addition given that they used to supply the much missed favourite Barbecue in the village.

Shindigger

ShinDigger

Shindigger – local craft brewery who launched a same day delivery service during lockdown. Lifesaver in troubling times.

Trove

Trove Ancoats

Trove is a wonderful cafe and bakery in both Levenshulme, and now Ancoats. They make everything from scratch, by hand, with a real focus on organic and locally sourced seasonal ingredients. 

Two Brothers Coffee

Two Brothers Coffee

If you live in Altrincham you’ll know all about Two Brothers Coffee The cafe is based in Alty, but the small batch roastery is up the road in Warrington. Get involved in the monthly coffee club.

Be sound. Shop local. Shop Indie.

So that’s our guide to Regital’s favourite local independents. Clearly we’ll be eating lots of baked goods, fuelling ourselves on coffee, and drinking a bit too much. Lockdown hasn’t changed us one bit. Standard. 

Small Business Saturday