Trading Tales and Shopping Stories Competition winners!

Our latest campaign was Trading Tales and Shopping Stories: A competition to find Bristol’s favourite local independent businesses. We asked: Does your greengrocer sell seasonal surplus from the allotments down the road? Would your local hardware store order a sewing machine lightbulb, especially for you? Does your corner shop make free home deliveries to older residents? Help us to find Bristol’s hidden gems and unsung heroes among our local independents.

Below you can find all of the lucky winners and the lovely local businesses that won their enthusiastic endorsements. Why not try them out yourself?

Julie Eldrett values the service at K’s alterations:

Julie is photographed outside K’s

My favourite independent special shop is K’s alterations at 61 Broad Street BS1 2ET. My reason is very simple in that every time I buy an article of clothing it normally needs altering to fit me. Over the years I have had some really bad experiences and some disastrous outcomes due to careless work or bad attitude of the person altering my clothes. I am a professional and my age is 62, I travel the world with my work and need to look very smart while presenting to customers. I have just moved to Bristol and found K’s shop by accident. I have visited the shop around 5-6 times in the past few months and without question I have received an outstanding service where each time their customer service has been excellent, listening to my needs and concerns while assuring me it is no trouble. Then I usually get a call to say my alteration is ready sometimes before the due time. This shop really understands customer care and I wish I could do all my shopping there as it is always a pleasure to go. They listen, take care of my needs and invite me back, Perfect! I really believe its the people that make the difference in a business and not the location or size of the property!!!

Julie won £30 to spend online at the Bristol Shop, for her glowing recommendation of K’s alterations www.thebristolshop.co.uk/

Our next winner, Sally Reay, heartily recommended East Bristol Bakery, St Marks Road, Easton as her favorite independent shop.

Just what Easton needs a small craft bakery making and selling wonderful bread – high quality traditional breads, seasonal specials, and tasty sweet treats that include Vegan, dairy free and wheat free offerings. They also sell freerange eggs, preserves, flour and yeast. Everything is made in their open plan bakery/shop!

I love their soughdough bread and make a special trip to buy it twice a week. The staff are warm and friendly and are really helpful – you can’t ask for more – they get my vote!

Sally won £20 to spend at Bristol Independents with a YourStreet gift card, for sending in her appetising photo of East Bristol Bakery’s sourdough www.yourstreetgiftcards.com

Jim Smith entered by uploading his photo and text through the website (which you can do here). We were struck by his handsome portrayal of a coffee cup, and are happy to highlight one of Bristol’s newer cafes on one of her liveliest high streets, North Street (check out Mark’s Bread shop as well!)

Mark’s Bread cafe simply serves the best cup of coffee in town.

Moving north of the river now, Camille Lapham chooses to recommend by Twitter a greengrocer located on one of Europe’s longest high streets and haven for independent shops, Gloucester Road. You can read Camille’s winning tweet below.

@bristolindies Biggsy’s Feel’n Fruity, can’t make a fruit salad like this from tesco! Weather 4 fruit #TradingTales pic.twitter.com/7CUJML3YxJ

Again accommpanied by an eye-catching photo and heartfelt praise for an example of a vanishing breed, we say let Camille inspire you to frequent Bristol’s independent and hard-working greengrocers!

Jim and Camille will be presented with either £20 worth of Bristol Pounds or a trusty Bristol Independents bag to encourage and sustain them in their future forays into independent shopping in Bristol.

You can catch sight of both our prize-winners with their Trading Tales booty below….

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