THIS week is Independents Week – an entire week dedicated to promoting independent retail businesses across the UK.
Last Friday we launched our latest Best of 2022 search as part of these celebrations, which will continue until Independents Day on Sunday 3rd July, and we wanted to find the best independent shop or business in Warrington.
So far in our Best of 2022 contest we’ve looked at hair, nails, beauty and fitness as well as pies, pubs, fish fries and breakfast, with voting taking place in the category of best afternoon tea over the weekend.
Next, we wanted to show small business owners in the heart of our local communities some love and celebrate the best the city has to offer as they juggle rising overheads, competition from big brands and the growing trend of online shopping.
With independent businesses accounting for around 65% of UK outlets, this is a sector that has been hit hard by the current cost of living crisis.
We asked you to make your favorite day by nominating it for our Best Independent Store award and joining the #ukindieday promotional campaign.
After reading all of your nominations, we’ve shortlisted the top seven, who will battle it out to be named the best independent store in Warrington.
We now need your help to choose a winner from our shortlist.
There are three ways to vote:
1. Look for the Best Of post on our Facebook or Instagram Warrington Guardian pages and comment under the post with your winner’s name = 1 vote
2. Name your favorite in the comments section on this article via our website = 2 votes
3. Buy a copy of this week’s Warrington Guardian (June 30 edition) and complete the subscription form = 5 votes
(*NB For newspaper entries, send a screenshot of the completed entry form to [email protected] – please note that only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry may be submitted per person, but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplicates, for example if your name is Smith you can write Smith123 or HS21!as the code.You will need to provide a different code for each entry submitted. For full terms and conditions go to Newsquest.co.uk/terms)
Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight Monday.
We will announce the winner next week.
Keep an eye out for our next Best Of call on our social media pages on Friday.
OUR SEVEN TOP INDEPENDENT STORES SHORTLISTED:
Snoutwood Trotters, Laburnum Lane, Great Sankey
This rare breed pig farm, butcher and bespoke event catering business was hugely popular with readers.
Liam and Bex say they “grow it, produce it, sell it and are passionate about it”, encouraging customers to #keepitsnoutwood.
The on-site butcher shop allows them to handcraft their own products using their unique recipes and natural ingredients.
For more details visit facebook.com/Snoutwood/
Yesterday and today, Jardins de la Bruche
Filled with ideas for home décor, gifts and fragrances, there promises to be something for everyone at Then and Now, including a cup of coffee and a slice of cake.
One nomination said: “This is a fabulous shop full of unusual items with excellent customer service.”
Another added: ‘An absolute gem with unique gifts and lovely owners.’
For more details visit facebook.com/thennowshop/
Home Improvement Station, Warrington Market
Born out of a shoemaking business over 75 years ago, this small business specializing in cleaning, restoring and customizing all kinds of footwear promises to breathe new life into all footwear.
Queen legend Brian May is a Renovation Station customer working his magic on his Stella McCartney Stan Smith Adidas trainers which he wore to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
One customer said: “Renovation Station is the name and redesign of the sneakers and rejuvenation is the game.
“These guys really know their stuff!”
For more details visit facebook.com/renovationstationUK
Ruby & Harry, Bridgewater Street, Lymm
This independent gift shop sells bespoke balloons, gifts and greeting cards, as well as home decor and bathroom accessories. She claims to sell “everything and anything”, even candy and ice cream.
One satisfied customer said, “This is an amazing store that I could literally spend hours in!”
For more details, visit facebook.com/rubyandharry/
Ruby and Harry
Peggy McCools Antiques and Vintage, Les Ecuries, Center Ville
They claim to be the home of “beautiful vintage beauty” and their customers totally agree.
This small business is the place to go if you want to add character to your home and avoid flat-packed furniture.
They are passionate about finding vintage furniture and home decor that will bring timeless pieces into new homes to be loved and enjoyed again.
One nomination said, “Not just antiques, but quirky goodies and vintage clothing – a hit!”
For more details, visit facebook.com/peggymccools/
Peggy McCools Antiques and Vintage
Lizard Inc Records, Legh Street, Downtown
This treasure trove of vinyl records is like an Aladdin’s cave for music lovers who like to browse through their vast catalogs of hits.
One nomination said: ‘This is a great place to go and spend half an hour – you never know what you might find!’
For more details, visit facebook.com/lizardincrecords/
Lizard Inc Records
Steven Rogers Wood Floors, Padgate Lane
This family business has 50 years of experience and expertise in all types of flooring and carpeting.
One satisfied customer said, “Steve has fitted every floor of our home and the service is second to none.
A review on their Facebook page said that Steve and his team had restored a 20 year old oak floor and it looked better than when it started.
They added, “Everyone is professional, takes real pride in their work and brings credit to the company.”
For more details visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063541839734
Steven Rogers Wood Floors