Event - Love Local pop-up hits Ely
When we heard that a Love Local pop-up was happening in Ely, showcasing more than 30 of our area’s indies, we felt it was a sign. So this month’s instalment of Love Local, our ongoing feature series which flies the flag for our retailers, spotlights 10 traders taking part
Taking place at Ely’s Maltings on September 12, the Love Local market will see some 30 traders showing and selling their wares, from crafts to clothing to cakes, accompanied by live music, a bar and street food. The event is the brainchild of Abi Garland, who runs her own interiors and gifts business in Ely, Love Lane.
“Since setting up the business in 2014, I’ve become aware of so many other fantastic indies in the area,” explains Abi. “I dreamt of offering the public a pop-up evening, where they could shop all these amazing products while listening to music, having a glass of fizz and eating gorgeous street food. . . I launched Love Local Ely and the dream has become a reality!”
“With the British High Street evidently changing on a dramatic scale, it is becoming increasingly harder for independents to market their amazing product and really shout about how fantastic and unique they are,” she adds. “That’s really what Love Local Ely is all about. I truly believe independents are the future of the High Street.”
Natalie Clarke Jewellery
“My passion is to produce jewellery that is simple, sophisticated and affordable for women of all ages and incomes,” says Natalie, who launched her business just this year.” Best describing her hand-crafted jewellery as “feminine with an edge”, Natalie offers a wide range of sterling silver designs, including bespoke pieces.
Facebook: @Natalieclarkejewellery/Instagram: @natalieclarkejewellery/Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A small family-run enterprise that makes and sells hand-crafted paper products, CraftyKind’s range includes one-of-a-kind journals, limited edition prints, luxury craft hampers, quote jars, vintage paper packs and so much more. The Cambridgeshire company also offers a bespoke service.
Jam, Bear and Bee
“It came from my passion for illustrating anything adorable that makes you smile,” says Jenny, who founded Jam, Bear and Bee this year. “I have two fluffy cats whose silly antics usually feature in my illustrations,” adds the Cambridge-based illustrator and designer, whose aim is for her prints and custom pieces “to brighten up your home”.
Instagram: @jbeebies/Etsy: etsy.com/uk/shop/jambearandbee
The Style Story
After a decade as a fashion buyer, Nerys launched her personal shopping and styling business in 2018, offering everything from wardrobe edits and personal shopping trips to trend nights and corporate events. “My aim is to help clients create a style that expresses who they are,” says Nerys, from Cambridge. “Looking good and feeling good go hand-in-hand.”
Website: thestylestory.co.uk/Email: email@example.com
Aiming to capture the character of her subjects in paint, Cambridge-based artist Rebecca French takes inspiration “from wildlife and people and their pets”. “There’s nothing better than talking to fellow animal lovers,” she adds. “I’m so lucky to do what I do and to mix together all the things I love: animals, painting and creating unique pieces that people can treasure.”
Website: rebeccafrench.co.uk/Instagram: @rebeccafrenchart
Mill House Millinery
A lifelong love of wearing hats inspired Susan to take a millinery course 10 years ago; fast-forward to 2019 and Mill House Millinery, her own hat label, was born. With a passion for retro styles - specifically from the 30s, 40s and 50s - Susan, who’s based in Saffron Walden, loves working with silks and often weaves vintage flowers and trims into her work.
Facebook : @MillHouseMillinery
Kate Aldridge Art
Taking inspiration from Antarctic penguins, plants and vintage kitchenalia, Kate’s range includes ceramic brooches and wall plaques, lino printed homewares and stationery. A graduate of Cambridge School of Art, she says: “I enjoy experimenting with surfaces, mark-making and make my own linocut stamps to adorn my work.”
The Cottage & Co
“We produce high quality prints for your home, greetings cards and bags,” says Sarah, mum of three and brains behind the business, which launched this year. “Our womenswear and childrenswear range is produced on 100% organic cotton. The majority of our designs are hand illustrated, so you won’t find them anywhere else. Our inspiration is YOU, we’re always happy to design your custom requests!”
Facebook: @thecottageandcompany/Instagram: @thecottageandcompany
A family-run independent based on Ely’s High Street, Little Roos opened in the spring of last year, “to give families in Ely a wider choice of childrenswear,” say the team. “We have since added shoes to the product offering. Our footwear is amazing quality and is designed with the health of children’s feet in mind.” Brands include Bobux, Emile et Rose, Froddo and Hatley.
Location: Ely High Street/Facebook: @littleroosely
An interiors and gifts company launched in 2014, Love Lane’s “philosophy is to offer elegant, simple styling,” explains founder Abi. “Our products should always make our customers smile.” Drawing inspiration from trends and travel, products range from cards through to wooden stars and wreaths suitable for occasions all year round. All products are handmade or hand-altered, therefore completely unique to Love Lane.
Website: lovelane2014.co.uk/Facebook: @lovelane2014/Instagram:@lovelane2014
Make a Date
The debut Love Local Ely event takes place at The Maltings, Riverside, Ely, 5-9pm on September 12. Tickets are priced £4, to include entry, a glass of fizz and a tote bag, and are on sale now at Jensen’s, the boutique on Market Street, Ely, and at lovelane2014.co.uk. A Christmas event is also planned for December 5.