We have witnessed queues of shoppers this week with lockdown easing, non-essential shops opening their doors and high streets making an attempt to come back to life albeit slowly and cautiously. As we adapt to our new normal of venturing into stores and abiding by their social distancing measures, our economy needs a boost of income and what better way to support this than by breathing life back into our shopping habits that we had to so suddenly abandon back in March.
I am delighted that Roundabout is also to be found on the high street in a variety of independent stores across Britain. There are two in East Sussex so do pop along if you're local or find yourself visiting this beautiful part of the country. British Design British Made in Battle, of 1066 fame, promotes British businesses, designers and artists and offers a wide choice of gifts. Whilst The Workshop, in the historic town of Alfriston is run by the Knatty Knitters who hand knit all Roundabout's cardigans and jackets. As well as their own work, you will find lots of ideas for your own knitting projects. They have both re-opened this week.
Across in neighbouring West Sussex lies Squibly Biskit, a well-stocked independent children's store in the heart of Arundel, famous for it's imposing castle and cathedral. The shop is now open with restricted hours and they have introduced a new home delivery service too. They have also started to post about events and activities for babies and children that are coming up later this summer.
Another town built in the shadow of a castle is Dunster where you will find Dunster Living. A stylish lifestyle store run by husband and wife team, Andrew and Nina. The shop showcases unique and interesting products by British and international designers and artists with a Scandi influence, reflecting Nina's finnish heritage. They're open this week with restricted hours.
My stockists also include the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace. It's gift shop includes a display of Roundabout dresses some of which are exclusive to Blenheim and, although the shop isn't open yet, you can now book your ticket to explore Blenheim's stunning grounds by booking online.
I am also thrilled that Roundabout's reversible dresses are in The Highgrove Shop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Inspired by the gardens and personal interests of HRH The Prince of Wales, the store is full of unique and unusual items highlighting traditional and artisan crafts and produce from around the UK. Finally, Little Labels is a delightful new store for children in Pangbourne, Berkshire. Angela is drawing on her background in retail to curate a store full of magic for little people, including some of Roundabout's reversible girls dresses. Highgrove and Little Labels will will be opening soon. In the meantime, you can browse their fantastic products through their websites.
As we venture out and about more and start to return to the shops with confidence, thank you for shopping local and supporting small businesses. And, don't forget Father's Day this Sunday! We wish all the Dads a happy day from Roundabout with love.