Shopping: Buy indie at Walden's Bricks & Makers
This lovely new lifestyle store in Saffron Walden champions the work of small brands and local makers
With a focus on the individual and handmade, a new lifestyle store has arrived in Saffron Walden. Founded by Catriona Mackenzie - spurred to realise her shop-owning dream by a surge in free retail space post-lockdown - indie enterprise Bricks & Makers is built on her personal love of “small independent makers and designers making high quality items”.
“Sustainability has always been a factor I’ve considered too,” continues Catriona. “So the idea was to provide a fun, vibrant shop that showcases all these products and makes them accessible to our customers.”
From home products (cushions, kitchen textiles, wall art, locally poured soaps) and gifts for all ages (spanning soft toys to sustainable silver jewellery) right through to cards and wrap (all recyclable), Bricks and Makers is stocked with indie, ethical and eco treasures.
“Shopping local is vital not only for our community, but it also reduces environmental impact as there are usually lower or even no air miles to factor in,” adds Catriona.
“We have so much local talent and it’s these small independent businesses who are actively putting into practice sustainable solutions throughout their production lines. Wen you shop with us you support not only our small business but theirs and the wider impact beyond that too.”
Bricks & Makers is at 13 Market Row, Saffron Walden, Follow @bricksandmakers on Instagram for more.
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