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As technology moves on apace, many of us have welcomed the convenience of online shopping, but for me, the click of a button can never really replace the unique pleasure of pulling on coats and shoes and heading into town.
A latte at my favourite coffee shop, a detour to the gift shop that always has the most unusual trinkets, a wander around my favourite clothes store. And it’s not just the local shops and services I enjoy, it’s how they can help to shape the whole feel of my city along with parks and landmarks.
In Nottingham, there is so much to love, from world class art galleries in the centre of town, to tiny gems of delis hidden down side streets, to stunning parks and fantastic shopping centres. There’s a vibrant music and arts scene too, so there’s always something to see and do.
Having now lived in Nottingham for 5 years, I feel I really know the place and that’s why I’m delighted to be part of the American Express amexshopsmall.co.uk initiative, an exciting campaign that helps to support small businesses up and down the country and which kicks off this Saturday with the very wonderful Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out and support local small businesses. This year I’ve teamed up with the founder and ongoing supporters of the initiative, American Express, to show you how I like to support the local business retailers and attractions in Nottingham, not just on Small Business Saturday but all year round.
If you’ve never been to Nottingham, or have a visit in mind, read on!
Welch the florist
Welch is a beautiful florist with a stunning range of options to fit all occasions, as well as staff who know just how to make everything work together. It’s my favourite place to go for flowers for the dinner table, for loved ones, or for photo shoots.
The Arboretum is Nottingham’s oldest public park. With a collection of over 800 beautifully kept trees, it’s a gorgeous place to while away the hours.
Wired café bar
I love nipping into Wired between meetings. It’s an independent coffee shop that does everything right. It’s a brilliantly bright and friendly place to hang out with fantastic coffee, great food and blazingly fast free WiFi.
I’d highly recommend ordering a matcha latte with a date and walnut flapjack – they’re both delicious!
Conveniently situated upstairs in the Victoria centre, Musicroom is perfect for picking up musical supplies for the kids. The staff are knowledgeable and always happy to help. Musicroom has a particularly wide range of guitars on display. Pop in a try a couple out. I currently have my eye on a gorgeous Martin with matte finish.
Hartley Coffee and Sandwich Bar
Hartley Coffee and Sandwich Bar is not your average sandwich shop. Hartley’s caters for everyone from vegans to those following a gluten free diet, and everything in between.
Pop in for delicious snacks you won’t find anywhere else – I love to order their generous veggie salad, packed with olives, feta and sun-dried tomatoes.
Hungry Pumpkin deli
This one-of-a-kind family-owned cafe and deli serves fresh, locally sourced delights. You could pop into the Hungry Pumpkin for breakfast, lunch and dinner and not be disappointed. There’s always a good selection of pasta and vegetables on offer at lunchtimes, or opt for the avocado and poached eggs on sourdough. Yum.
Nottingham Contemporary is a wonderfully innovative art gallery with a strong focus on local artists. Entry is free, so it’s a lovely place to kill some time between shopping stops.
Studio Chocolate offers brilliant chocolate making classes, which make for a super fun option for a girl’s night out.
The studio also sells a stunningly beautiful range of truffles that are as delicious as they are visually delightful. You can also pick up speciality chocolate, such as vegan truffles, so there’s something for everyone.
Old Market Square
Nottingham’s Old Market Square is the iconic hub of the city. There’s usually something going on, be it trader stalls, a beach in summer, or from November: a winter wonderland!
The square is also the perfect place to simply sit, take a break and enjoy the fountains. Lovely.
So, there are my nine picks if you’re looking to have a wonderful day out in Nottingham.
If you’ve visited the area before and have any recommendations of your own to add to the list then let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my favourite small shops in Nottingham. If this has inspired you, visit amexshopsmall.co.uk to find out where you can support small businesses in your area throughout the year and get some further ideas for your Christmas shopping.
What’s more, if you’re an American Express Cardmember you will be rewarded for supporting your local high street with the Shop Small offer. When you spend £10 or more in a single transaction using your registered American Express Card at a participating small business during the campaign period (2-17 December 2017) you will receive a £5 statement credit. There is no limit to the number of participating businesses you can receive your £5 statement credit from – however, you can only claim it once at each small business. Terms apply.
But the Shop Small offer is just one way that American Express can make every day more rewarding. The range of Cards from American Express are packed with ways to reward you for your purchases*; from Membership Rewards® points that can be used to treat yourself to virtually anything to discounts at top restaurants and hotels, money back on everyday purchases, or collecting frequent flyer miles* – check out the American Express website for more information
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