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Next month is Independent Retailer Month

Posted on 03 Jun 2024

Independent Retailer Month takes place in July, meaning it's just a month away! At the Arcade Bristol, we're all about independent shopping. So, to help you get prepared for Independent Retailer Month we thought we'd answer all your burning questions to help you (and your favourite independent retailers) have the best IRM you can!

What is Independent Retailer Month?

National Independent Retailer Month was started by Clare Bailey, known all over as the 'retail champion'. She was worried about the loss of culture, community, and indentity that comes with big-business chain shops taking over the high street - and wasn't having it. She started Independent Retailer Month to champion those small, independent businesses that we all love - just like our own hardworking indies here in the Arcade.

Why is Independent Retailer Month Important?

Because independent businesses are the backbone of our local economies - and they're run by your neighbours, friends and family members! We know we at the Arcade certainly consider our indie shopkeepers to be family! If we can dedicate a month to horseradish, or ice cream (yes, those are both things being celebrated this July as well), then we can definitely spare a bit of time and attention for those creative, industrious souls providing you with lovingly cooked food, affordable bespoke alterations, and even your next sun-soaked coach trip!

How Can You Celebrate Independent Retailer Month?

This is an easy answer - treat yourself! We all love an excuse to get out there and check out our local milkshake shop, vintage clothes outlet, or Italian eaterie: now you've got it! Just head down to The Bristol Arcade and start meeting your own local independent retailers - and doing business with them. Get some custom engravings at Mabz, or go get a luxurious manicure at Kelly's Nails! You're treating yourself - and helping independent businesses.

So head down to The Arcade this Independent Retailer Month - we've got businesses open from 8:30am to 7PM, and a whole range of indie delights for you to discover in our beautiful, nearly 200-year-old building. See you next month (and this one)!


Where to Find Us

Main Map The Arcade, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1 3JD0117 214 0098

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