Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

The Local’s Guide to Harrogate: Independent Gift Shops

Scarves at Shine in Harrogate; an independent gift shop.

Since we opened our doors three years ago, our customers have constantly told us how much they appreciate quirky, independent businesses – and we feel exactly the same. We like to champion them through our #ThinkIndie campaign, and we’re fortunate … Continue reading

Baltzersens on Tour: ‘Cooks’ at Carlton Towers

On Monday, Paul and I ventured out into the Yorkshire moors to visit ‘Cooks’, situated in the magnificent Carlton Towers. The drive was long, but as we turned into an extended, twisting driveway we knew that we were in for … Continue reading

Introducing our coffee suppliers: North Star Roasters

Our great coffee is thanks to two talented guys, Krag and Ellis.  These two are changing the Leeds and surrounding scene fast with their ethically sourced coffee. We went over to their roasters to have a chat about what they … Continue reading

Independents in Harrogate

indie food in harrogate

If you’ve kept up with our blog, you’ll know by now that we’re big on independent business. It’s not for the free samples we pass between shops (though that’s a big attraction as well), it’s because independent business is more … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Independent Delis

independent delis

The cold has crept in and is here to stay, it seems. We have your beverage, fashion, sweet-tooth and local produce needs covered, however during these busy times, a hot lunch for the road and a delicacy for the weekend … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Sweet Shops

sweet shops

This week was apparently National Chocolate Week. Wednesday was Dessert Day, and Halloween is just around the corner. This may seem self-indulgent, but what reason DIDN’T we have to feature the finest independent sweet shops in Harrogate? You know you … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Men’s Fashion

men's fashion

Ah, yes! Winter fashion is the best fashion, and you know it. This time of year is the best excuse you will ever find to present yourself to the world with the catwalker’s confidence and a swagger to match. Whether … Continue reading

The Locals’ guide to Harrogate – Yorkshire Produce

yorkshire produce

Let it be said that we do not encourage premature Christmas celebrations. It comes around once a year and that’s part of what makes it special, but it won’t remain so if we’re immersed in 4 months of over-eager advertisement. Having … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Family Restaurants

It’s been an absolute pleasure researching and sharing our previous locals’ guides to Harrogate. We’ve covered independent coffee shops and pubs so far; perhaps it’s time to step back on the self-indulgence and focus on those near us. Dining out is a unique experience, … Continue reading

The Locals’ Guide to Harrogate: Independent Coffee Shops

Independent coffee shops

Ahh Harrogate: ‘The Best Place to Live in the UK’, ‘The Happiest Town in Britain’, ‘The Third Most Romantic Destination in the World’, Whatever you like to call it, we’re so proud to be able to call this charming little … Continue reading