While large stores can offer ‘convenience’ and standardisation, it’s sometimes at the cost of imagination and individuality. BN1 looks at some of Brighton & Hove’s best business, which offer a service, personality and choice you’ll never find in a megastore.
If you’re looking to purchase something special this Christmas, consider shopping locally. It has a positive effect on the local economy and is more environmentally conscious than high street or online. For more information check out the Just A Card campaign on Instagram @justacard
Kensington Gardens, Brighton
Championing the local, the artisanal and the downright tasty since October 2018, Barney’s Delicatessen is in the bustling North Laine community of independent retailers in Brighton.
They stock 40 different Sussex cheeses, your usual cheese shop favourites, local charcuterie from Beal’s Farm amongst many great local and continental food producers. Christmas hampers and cheeseboards made to order as well as some wonderful artisan stocking fillers! Your one-stop shop for food products made by people who truly care!
Brighton Open Market, BN1 4JU
The Harry’s sausage range is made in their traditional way to meet the needs and taste of the 21st century family. The current collection not only includes South Downs free range pork sausages using unique seasoning blends, but meatballs in tomato sauce, large oven-baked scotch eggs and unique sausage cakes and tarts. Harry’s produce is always freshly made, wholesome, full of flavour and free from gluten too!
PRESENT IN THE LAINE
Gardner Street, Brighton
Open for five and half years, Present in the Laine offers a fantastic selection of colourful and unique products from small brands providing a point of difference from the high street. The whole shop is full with amazing gift ideas – women’s accessories and clothes, men’s gifts, home accessories, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, cards and prints.
Best sellers this time of year are the scarves, Brighton Beard collection and their colourful Brighton souvenir coasters and tea towels by I Drew This. They have been hard at work putting together amazing gift sets and gift boxes available on their webshop. Present in the Laine would encourage shoppers to keep it local this year and enjoy Brighton’s amazing independent scene.
Brighton Open Market, BN1 4JU
Located in The Open Market, Wastenot aim to make package-free shopping more accessible, and to help the people of Brighton make better, more sustainable choice. Their zero-waste store has been open for five years selling eco-friendly products perfect for gifts this Christmas. From safety razor sets, to books on how to live more sustainably for someone who loves to learn, T-shirts which help to pay for beach cleans, stainless steel lunch boxes, reusable pint cups, and eco-friendly beauty products for someone you’d love to pamper. They also have all kinds of delicious locally made food: handmade truffles, vegan fudge, hot sauces and chutneys, and flavoured oils.