Out & About in Kent

Kent Bloggers’ Day -Park Mall, Ashford

Last Friday I attended a Kent bloggers’ day event at Park Mall in Ashford. The event was organised by the lovely Kate from Happy & Glorious one of the new independent gift shops in Park Mall.

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The invite

It’s been several weeks since I’ve finished showcasing my jewellery with Made in Ashford and I was interested to catch up with my fellow creatives and see what’s new!

As a designer maker myself, it’s so encouraging to see a town regeneration project that encourages small, independent businesses. I’m also a fan of unique, handmade gifts, so I was really looking forward to discovering what Ashford’s newest indie shops had to offer.

The first stop was Kate’s shop Happy & Glorious a gorgeous, beautifully displayed space, packed full of British made goodies. Happy & Glorious are a small, family-run company,which prides itself on supporting British home-grown talent, design and manufacturing. They’ve been trading online since their beginning in 2012 and have found a bricks and mortar home at Park Mall since late last year!

Some of the product lines Kate designs and creates herself, including some very pretty gift cards and mirrors. There are lots of yummy scented, handmade soaps and candles on offer, but my favourite gifts are the cute succulents!

As a special treat, I’m able to share with you some discount vouchers, to be spent in store or online at www.happyglorious.co.uk

  • £5 off £25 with code BLOG25
  • 15% off with code BD2016

Valid until 31st May 2016

Just around the corner is Fabric Heaven or Emporia Fabric and Craft  a truly wonderful shop filled with a great selection of modern fabrics, trimmings, wool, haberdashery and every thing you could possible need if you’re handy with a needle and thread!

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Emporia Fabric have the most fabulous window displays!

Don’t worry if you’re a sewing novice, Emporia Fabric runs regular sewing classes and workshops, just check out their website for details.

The trail of balloons led me along the Mall to Made in Ashford a great collective of Kent-based designer makers and creatives. I’ve been lucky enough to sell my jewellery here and as the shop duties are shared between the makers, it’s a great way to gain retail experience, get customer feedback and make new friends.

Below is just a selection of handmade gifts on offer, I really recommend you pop in and take a look for yourself!

There really is something for everyone on offer at Made in Ashford and if you’re a local maker who’s interested in selling with them, please email: madeinashford@outlook.com

There was just enough time to meet up with fellow Kent blogger and local friend, Lydia from Polly had a Dolly and have a coffee & cake at new independent cafe Stag Coffee This smart new cafe had only just opened and I was impressed by the modern decor, friendly staff and excellent coffee. I was pleased to see it was child-friendly too, always a bonus to a busy mum!

We then went our separate ways, with me heading towards GlamRUs Accessories

An Aladdin’s cave of scarves, purses, bags and accessories. Very tempting to a scarf-a -holic like me! So I  treated myself to a lovely silver scarf using their voucher code which you can use online too: –

  • 20% off your first online order with code GLAM20

 

Just opposite is the Creative Collective a thriving gallery, exhibition and community space for local artists. They offer an affordable art scheme and even host film and poetry nights. Yet another reason to visit Park Mall if you’re out and about in Ashford.

So if you’re looking for somewhere new to shop, somewhere that supports local independent businesses, check out Park Mall in Ashford!

 

 

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