With lockdown eased and things slowly taking up a new normal, we wanted to share with you how some of our favourite small businesses are navigating the pandemic.

Here at Sancho’s we’ve loved your support during the past few months. We’ve been able to utilise our online store and provide you with the best possible service from the comfort of your own home. We’re really excited that our Exeter store is now back open too, with our customers and colleagues’ safety as a top priority. Our appointment system gives you the shop to yourself to browse and try on our beautiful ethical pieces. We are open for appointments on Fridays and Saturdays 11am-4pm. You can find out more and book an appointment here. If you’re not comfortable shopping in person yet, don’t worry, our online store has everything you could need. You can check out our New Arrivals here.

Our friends across the road at The Flat are offering a takeaway service. The Flat’s delicious pizzas are all inspired by planet-friendly vegetarian and vegan living. Taking into consideration government guidelines, you can order from their Exeter Fore Street restaurant via Deliveroo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5pm-9:15pm. Keep your eyes peeled @theflatexeterto see when they’ll be reopening for sit in dining. They’ve been giving their restaurant a gorgeous revamp too! The Flat’s staff are taking the necessary precautions to bring you the best pizza as safely as possible.

Fore Street in Exeter is a hub for eco-friendly creative stores and No Guts No Glory is no exception. With brand new owners, No Guts No Glory relaunched on 1stAugust with lush houseplants, indie makes and sustainable lifestyle products. For now, just their Exeter store is open whilst they give their online store a redesign, but keep an eye on their Instagram @ngngdesignfor the latest info on when you’ll be able to get your hands on their plants from further afield.

Sacred Groundshas recently opened for dine in. Based in the McCoys Arcade in Exeter, this café is one of our favourite vegan eats. Not only do they make scrumptious food, but they’re part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which gives you 50% off your bill Mon-Weds for the whole of August. To cater for social distancing, Sacred Grounds have added an extra seating area too. They are open Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, and Sundays 10-4pm with food served until 3pm.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent recession has hit small independent businesses hardest. Our local Exeter has a wealth of sustainable shops who are working hard to make their fantastic stores appropriate for the new normal. If you’re not based in Exeter, check out your local stores and their websites!

Shop small, shop local.

 

Written by Alice Smith