Category Archives: Independent

Spotlight On…Jarfull

Jar Full at Ilkley Market

The more you listen to Rebecca Lodge talking about JarFull and the care for the environment that underpins her online shopping scheme, the more you hear the quiet determination that underpins her ambition; “One-stop plastic-free shopping,” she says simply. The … Continue reading

Spotlight On…Fine Fabrics of Harrogate

sandra fine fabrics of harrogate

One day, nearly fifteen years ago, Fine Fabrics owner Sandra Browne was in the shop as a customer buying material for a wedding dress. She was so taken with the business she joked with the owner about calling her if … Continue reading

Spotlight On…The Disappearing Chin

the disappearing chin harrogate

Jack and Hannah Woodruff from newly-opened The Disappearing Chin were travelling and the conversation, as it always seemed to do, turned to the name they would give the bar they were planning to open. The way Jack tells it makes … Continue reading

Spotlight On…Tiger Fifty 7

Tiger Fifty 7

Tiger Fifty 7 co-owners Anna Lockwood and Georgina Simpson describe their shop as “edgy”. It’s possibly not the first adjective you would actually use to describe a baby and children’s clothing store but it will make sense. Cold Bath Road … Continue reading

Spotlight On…GoodGym Harrogate

A common theme that comes through in our Spotlight features is about the sense of community that exists in Harrogate. That sense shows itself in many ways; the support and encouragement that the indies receive from local residents who value … Continue reading

Spotlight On…The Harrogate Vet

Harrogate Vet team

Stepping into the calm of The Harrogate Vet’s surgery from the busy Leeds Road, pet owners might wonder for an instant if they’d come to the right place. They will get a warm greeting from the receptionist and be offered … Continue reading

Spotlight On…Head in t’Clouds, Harrogate

Becky Head in t'Clouds

Becky Farmer’s wedding day last year turned out to be life-changing in more ways than one. As she has a degree in fashion design and loves using her clever hands to make gifts for friends and colleagues, it was no … Continue reading

Spotlight On…Onnuri Korean cuisine, Harrogate

Gina Onnuri Korean Food Harrogate

Living 5,000 miles away from the place where you grew up and where your family ran a restaurant means one thing you are going to miss for sure is the food. And when the place was Seoul and the food … Continue reading

Spotlight On…The Plant Room

In the latest blog post in our spotlight series we headed over to The Plant Room, a botanical design studio based in Leeds. Those who have been following along with this series will know that we normally use the feature … Continue reading

Spotlight On…Indieworx Collective

Indieworx Collective Harrogate

We step away from the retail sector in our latest spotlight feature on independents to visit Indieworx Collective, the co-working space for Harrogate’s business community and chat with founder Jem Henderson. Time and again people’s personal experiences in life feed … Continue reading