So from Saturday (20th September- 27th) in Wales its Support your high street week. The government have been running this campaign for awhile now to help save our local businesses. For anyone who knows me you'll know how much I love shopping in unique independent shops. I also run the #welshbloggers weekly twitter chat (follow @welshbloggers_ ) and one of my aims with this chat is to connect welsh bloggers with local welsh businesses.
I know this post may only apply to my Welsh readers but the message applies to all. The shopping experience is always much more fulfilling when you get a friendly chat with the owner and you know you are helping someone's business. Whether its getting your fruit from the green grocer instead of Tescos or going into your local independent coffee shop instead of Costa coffee it really does help.
My only struggle with sticking to local businesses is the price difference and how in every shop from Tesco to boots I have loyalty cards where I am building up points to get money back or the fact I'm not a big lover of hot drinks so I know I can have a iced caramel frappe or something in Costa when in other places the only option is a can of coke.
In my town we have some independent coffee shops that I have never tried so I am making a pledge to myself for #supporthighstreets that next time I am going out for a coffee with friends we go to some where other than Costa.
I always find shopping local much easier to do when I am away for example if you read my holiday posts form my trip to Salcombe ( read it here) you will see just how many unusual quirky shops I spent ages falling in love with. Salcombe is a very small town with just the one street of shops however there is not one chain restaurant or coffee shop in sight. I got a pasty from the Salcombe deli and we stopped in a cute little café with a great view of the harbour where I had some Lushcombe juice which is from a company local to Salcombe. There was about 5 chain shops (JAck Wills, Joules, J.Crew, Cath Kidson and Seasalt I think so no new look or River Island) and it felt very refreshing.
You can see more about the campaign here and if you would like to get involved you can show your support here they are just a few away from the target.
Let me know in the comments if you shop in any local businesses to you.
I hope you enjoyed this post and get involved!