How to support the businesses you 💕 love 💕
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It’s shout-out time for the brilliant Northants indies that are open for business or doing something new to tackle lockdown. Pleasy please share this feature, and let’s get word out as far and wide as possible.
Right, here goes:
Shopping and lifestyle
After a few weeks of feeling incredibly virtuous and not buying any clothes for ages the novelty has well and truly worn off and we can confirm that we will be going full-on Iris Apfel for the duration of the lockdown, or a *slightly* pared down version thereof. It’s probably true to say that getting dressed in the morning is going to make you feel a lot better than skanking around in your dressing gown, so if you’re in need of a sartorial pick-me-up then head straight over to 32 The Guild’s Working From Home Wardrobe and get clicking.
Super fabulous kids’ online lifestyle boutique We Are Pop are firing on all cylinders, so if you’re on the hunt for special gifts for the mini people in your life, particularly if you’re away from them at this very weird time, then have a browse through their wares asap. They have everything from baby books to cute (non-plasticky) toys and gorgeous clothes and accessories.
The Rounded House in Oundle have always been committed to being a proper high street shop where you can actually go in and speak to real humans. It’s an ethos we are fully behind here at Muddy, but needs must and they’ve now launched their online store selling stunning homeware and gifts so why not indulge and zhuzh up your house to your heart’s content. Personally, we can’t stop buying cushions at the moment, so we’re all over it.
If you want to treat yourself to something a little extra special, purveyor of luxury handcrafted wooden homewares, Scoop and Pull are offering 15% off spoons, bowl and tables until 30 April, so head over to their website and try to resist, we defy you to.
Anna Calvert Jewellery is the prettiest nature inspired eco-conscious indulgence, perfect for a gift or just to cheer yourself up when needed. Handmade locally and with free shipping, it’d be wrong not to.
Magazine Heaven at Rushden Lakes have moved everything online and are now selling books online too, so why not support your local bookshop and use the lockdown to do all that reading you’ve been meaning to do.
Fitness and Wellbeing
The brilliant team at Soo Yoga, led by owners Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen, are now offering a pretty full schedule of home workout classes via Zoom, from stair workouts to Bodyweight HIIT, all different styles of yoga and even spinning. Follow their FB page for all the latest. We also love the fact that you are properly interacting in a Zoom class, rather than just watching passively. No excuses people: activewear on.
Pose Fitness are offering their usual schedule in full via Zoom, and you can book individual classes or sign up for a subscription. Choose from Barre fitness, pilates, adult ballet, wellbeing yoga and more.
We are blown away by Ironstone Wellbeing in Kettering, who have taken the decision to take all of their classes online and to offer them absolutely free for the duration of the lockdown. Just register on the website for access to their Facebook group.
Secret Garden Aesthetics are offering a range of home skin kits to mimic your favourite treatments for a bit of lockdown pampering. Each kit also comes with a discount voucher to use on a treatment IRL after lockdown. Well, we all need something to look forward to, don’t we?
Hair in need of a bit of TLC? Lara Boot will be at the salon in Northampton on Sat 18th April between 11-12 to offer hair products for sale and tips on how to keep up with maintenance during lockdown.
Food and drink
No need to worry about social distancing at the supermarket, Bar Encore in Towcester is hitting it out of the park with a new grocery delivery service to Towcester and surrounding villages. You can have everything you need delivered to your door, from flour to cheese and fresh veg.
Forge Coffee have converted both of their cafe sites in Culworth and Evenley into food collection hubs. There is fresh milk from Appletree Dairy in Chipping Warden, bread from Geoff at the Real Artisan Bread in Westbury, fruit and veg boxes from Brackley market’s Helen Hawkins and cheese from Fowlers of Earlswood. Follow on Instagram for full details of how to place your orders.
Gorgeous country pub The Red Lion in Hellidon, near Daventry, is offering take away fish ‘n’ chips on Friday evenings and their amazing roast Sunday lunches if you fancy a break from the kitchen.
The Red Lion in Thornby offers a bottle shop delivery service every Tuesday and Friday evening from 5pm to Thornby, Cold Ashby, Welford, Naseby, Creaton and Guilsborough. The extensive drinks list changes each week but includes ales, craft beers and wines. The menu will go up on Facebook and you can call or message to place your order.
Towcester Mill Brewery are now offering a click and collect service, just order and pay online and then pick up on Fridays and Saturdays 11-3. Their fab craft Beer is available to order by the case so you can enjoy a well-deserved beverage in the sunshine.
Not only are The Smoke Pit in Northampton doing a takeaway service from their sizzling menu, but you can also pre-order BBQ packs and Steak Aways for collection or delivery to rustle up and scoff at home at your leisure.
Had to postpone that Caribbean getaway? Panic ye not! June Plum in Wellingborough are busting a gut to spice up your life and your dinner time with their super glorious takeaway menu bringing the island vibes and sunshine, with local delivery available.
Friend In Me bakery in Northampton are offering non-contact door to door delivery of their absolutely amazing (we can testify) vegan cakes and sweet treats. They also do bespoke occasion cakes too if you’re looking to spoil a loved one in lockdown.
We are all over the doorstep cake drop from The Vanilla Bean Cake Co in Slipton, a Friday treat that includes a mix of gooey, cakey treats in a box to see you through the weekend. Well, err, almost…
The Deli at Castle Ashby are now offering a click and collect service. Shop online via their website to collect. Delivery is also available within a ten mile radius of the village.
Whittlebury Bakery are on form with their unparalleled cakes, buns, doughnuts, breads and pastries and they are also offering a broad range of groceries including big bags of flour and sacks of spuds to keep you going.
The Occasion Bar have diverged from their traditional offering, so why not hop on a Zoom call and catch up with your girls in style with a cocktail box delivered to your door (abiding by social distancing guidelines, of course). Each box includes 6 cocktails: 2 Mojitos, 2 strawberry daiquiris and 2 porn star martinis . You’ll get all the ingredients you need to make your drinks including fruit garnish and ice, along with cocktail instruction cards, mixing equipment and glassware, which will be collected the following day. They even collect dirties so you don’t even need to worry about the washing up. Bonus. Check out the Occasion Bar on Instagram or Facebook or email email@example.com
The Social Isolation Supper Club is coming to your kitchen. Masterchef semi-finalist Christian Day joins former Northampton Saints lock forward in a live cook-off jointly hosted by James Peck of Burnt Lemon Chefs and Benjamin Jelley of Jelley’s Organic Vodka via Instagram on Saturday, April 18. You can pre-order a three course meal and all the ingredients needed to make three organic vodka-based cocktails designed to perfectly match each course. Oh, yes. Muddy mate, Masterchef judge and acclaimed food critic William Sitwell will also be joining in the fun live through the social media feed, and guests can get involved by asking questions and giving their verdict on the meal.
Join the live IG story @burntlemonchef and @jelleys_organic_vodka from 7pm on Saturday, April 18. ‘Social Isolation Supper Club’ packages are available to order now, priced £45 per person, from www.jelleydistilleries.co.uk/dinner-the-social-isolation-supper-club
Bay Tree Cottage, who ordinarily offer the most amazing array of workshops in Farthingstone, are now doing brilliant live online cookery tutorials over on their FB page, so far vids have included rhubarb and ginger gin, ultimate carrot cake, Easter biscuits, and chocolate egg cheesecakes. Check out their FB page for all the latest.
Put the kids to bed and have a chuckle at Royal and Derngate’s brand new digital musical #ZoologicalSociety. Free to stream, this hilarious new musical comedy reveals the innermost thoughts of the resident of a zoo, from depressed monkeys to a penguin nervous about becoming a single mother and two pandas feeling the pressure to procreate, so if in need of some light-hearted entertinment pour yourself a gin and tune in.
The Curator Educator, aka Sophia Kyprianou, is now running regular online crafternoons via Facebook Live, a lovely activity to keep the Mudlets occupied. Watch this space for the launch of their Craft Box too, to keep you in supplies.
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Wharf Distillery have repurposed their distillery and are now using it to produce hand sanitiser, which they have been delivering FOC to charities and local initiatives in dire need of supplies, including Willen Hospice, Northampton Community Nurses, The Good Loaf, Samaritans and many, many more. This amazing act is being funded on their Go Fund Me page, and they are donating one litre of hand sanitiser for every litre funded by public donation so please consider donating. You can also buy bottles of hand sanitiser, not to mention lots of lovely, lovely booze on their online shop with contact free delivery within a 15 mile radius of Potterspury.
Top marks to Beachborough School near Brackley, who have been busily producing medical visors for frontline NHS staff from their Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) Centre. The first batch of 30 visors were completed last week and have already been delivered to GPs and Hospitals in Milton Keynes with many more on the way. Brilliant effort.
Freshly baked vegan croissants and pastries you say? Delivered to my door, you say? Don’t actually mind if we do, and the pleasure can be all yours thanks to the brilliant kitche.nn. And not only this, but these incredible people are using all of the money they are making on their pastries to fund a service to make and deliver free meals to those most in need of help during the Covis-19 lockdown. Contact kitche.nn on Facebook or Instagram to find out further details.
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