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The Top 3 Reasons to Shop Indie!

Posted on 25 Jun 2024

The Arcade is Bristol's haven for independent shopping - our Grade II* listed Georgian shopping arcade is home to a plethora of fiesty & friendly independent shops of all kinds, and we like it that way! If you aren't convinced of the benefits of shopping independent (rather than a big business), let us explain to you just what the benefits are!


Unique Purchases 




When you shop in The Arcade's shops, you'll find products or services that you simply won't find in any supermarket or chain stores. Whether it's hilarious & inventive, independently-crafted greetings cards from Card Shack, Taste of Napoli's authentic Italian food and coffee, or Dr & Acuherbs outside-the-box treatments, you won't find anything quite like what independent shops have to offer.




You're Helping your own Community


When you shop locally, you're not just purchasing something for you or a loved one, you're helping someone who lives in your community make the money they need to live - and promoting a business that's their life's work.

Not just that, but here at the Arcade we've put on events from jumble sales to art galleries to bring communities together - and without independent shopping and revenue we don't have the funds to make those events happen.

Besides, isn't the basis of human civilisation the mutalistic drive to help one another, uplift the least fortunate among us, and pool our collective labour for the good of all, rather than the good of a few?

So shop independent if you want to make sure you have an involved and caring community!





Better Deals & Great Advice


Shopping locally, you'll often find cheaper prices. Most small businesses aren't out to make a huge revenue stream and go global, they're out to try and offer a great product and service, trying to help out all their fellow Bristolians in whichever way they can. Just look at Mabz, The Arcade's big-hearted customer service champion, offering all his services at prices far below the giants of the industry - and to a far higher standard. Or take the team at Needle & Thread - tirelessly working to provide you with everything from tailoring to dressmaking at a price they make sure is fair.


So, whatever you're looking for out of a shopping experience, it's pretty clear that independent shopping is a real winner over big business - and we've got indies in spades. So why not come down and visit us in the heart of Broadmead to see what The Arcade Bristol can do for you?


Where to Find Us

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

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