The one thing I have always wanted to do is run my own business, not that I would really know what I would want to do/sell, but I have always loved the thought of being my own boss. Since living in Bideford, I have noticed a number of independent businesses popping up, whether that is on the high street or people working from home, and I know that it is a massive thing at the moment to support local businesses.
I do try my best to buy things I need locally before I look online or buy from a chain shop, but I thought I would help some of my absolute favourite local businesses and shops a little boost my sharing some of the best in this blog.
Rudi and Bear
I have known the owner of Rudi and Bear for years now, and even though we aren’t as close as once were, I love seeing how well she is doing with her own little business. The owner, Jazz, puts her absolute heart and soul into each of her homemade creations, and they really are something special.
Starting out making beautiful blocks, her little Neds are some of the cutest things I have ever seen in my life and actually make my heart melt a little bit! Each with their own personality and character, it is no wonder these little toys are so popular! All of her creations are made by her in her little workshop in Bude! I can’t wait to have kids so I can purchase a Ned in every style!
By Imogen Rose
I have mentioned By Imogen Rose in a previous blog post, and I am mentioning it again as it deserves endless recognition. This is one of my favourite businesses in Bideford, and this is due to the quality of her products. Each piece of jewellery has been made with love, and this is what sets this business apart from the rest. From stackable rings, stunning earrings and delicate necklaces, her products make the perfect gift for any occasion.
She hasn’t just stopped at jewellery, as she has now launched a design part of her business where she creates beautiful bespoke wedding stationery like invitations!
If you live in North Devon, there is no doubt that you would have heard of Josie’s Interiors and for a good reason too! Here, you will find some of the most beautiful gifts and home decor items; if I could, I would buy everything in this shop to furnish my home! Many of their products are either handmade or locally sourced, and you will be taken back when walking into this shop as there are so many unique items to choose from. From greys and mustards to a complete botanical vibe, this shop sells everything you could need to furnish your home!
The Italian Kitchen
Located in the heart of Bideford, this is probably my favourite place to eat in town. This is due to the incredible food they serve and the service; I think it is incredibly hard to find good service nowadays. The whole relaxed but romantic vibe of The Italian Kitchen is what makes me return each time, and I always recommend it to my friends and family. My favourite thing to eat is, of course, their pizza which is to die for, and they once had this melted cheese pot (I can’t remember its name, and I’m not sure whether they still do it), which was probably one of the best things I ever tasted. If you are ever in the area, I would definitely recommend visiting here!
These are just a few of my favourite businesses which can be around where I live, and I believe they all deserve endless recognition for what they do. Have you heard of these businesses before or have your own opinion? Let me know in the comments below!