Great value doesn't always mean discounts and bundles. This Black Friday, what we may lack in deals, we make up for with seriously feel-good experiences courtesy of talented, local independents. Choosing to shop local this Black Friday is a small choice that could make a big difference as we head to the end of 2020. Here's three reasons to support local businesses this year...
1. Your money will go towards supporting Bristol high streets
It’s been more important than ever for us to head to the local high street for everything from fruit and veg to baked goods, deli treats and more. Our hope for 2021 is that every local business that’s had a difficult year can fully recover. And your local purchase at this time, no matter how small, will be a helping hand in achieving this. Pictured below is the wonderful Alice from Trylla in Bedminster. Trylla has a treasure trove of gifts as well as fabulous pottery making experiences.
2. You’ll help lower Black Friday vehicle emissions
This year’s Black Friday is now predicted to be the biggest ever. The huge number of extra deliveries and the concentration of such a big demand in just a few days is likely to result in a spike in vehicle emissions. You can help curb the Black Friday carbon dioxide surge by using the money you would have spent with global companies to shop locally. Throughout lockdown small businesses around Bristol have been offering local pickup and delivery even if their shop front is currently closed. And of course, if you buy a local experience gift this Christmas you’ll not only be supporting local, but also be helping cut emissions!
3. You’ll bring a smile to the face of Bristol’s indie business owners
After what has arguably been one of the most difficult years for lots of local businesses, the way many have reacted and adapted to new Covid regulations has been amazing. From restaurant vouchers to handcrafted homeware and locally hosted experiences both in person and online. By choosing to spend your money with a Bristol business you’ll be putting a huge smile on the face of independents.
Feel good Black Friday buys
If you’re still looking for a Black Friday buy this week, why not go for one of these local deals, or simply buy fairly priced products from any independent Bristol business…
Free local delivery from Prior Shop
Prior Shop (pictured below) are offering free local delivery for orders until Sunday, meaning you’ll get your goodies hand delivered to your door, and for no extra cost. The shop is a co-op of artists and has lots of ethically made gifts and homewares.
Free local delivery from Upfest
The brilliant Upfest are offering free local delivery (or pick up) on orders from their online shop. It's filled with prints, paint pens and limited runs of tshirts. Or if you want to discover more about Bristol's street art scene and the art of Upfest, take a look at their street art walk experiences.
Bristol Beer Factory's 48 hour sale
The lovely folk at Bristol Beer Factory are offering 20% off everything for 48 hours only. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY10 from midnight on November 26th to pick up classics like Independence, Milk Stout and Southville Hop. If you're looking for gifts for a beer lover, you can also get a taproom tasting flight experience as the perfect Christmas treat - where they'll get to sample a selection of ales and take home a growler full of their favourite.
20% off Hyde at Home
Hyde at Home (pictured) are offering 20% off everything including their delicious range of cocktails, wines, fizz and set food menu, all of which will be delivered to your door for the weekend.