Launch of the Stay Local Shop Safe campaign
It’s time to rediscover your local main street and hit the shops, cafes and businesses whose owners are excited to reopen their doors to welcome customers safely.
There are a plethora of independent businesses in East Devon, and as foreclosure restrictions ease, there’s no better time to rediscover the independent shops on your main street.
When you visit an independent store in East Devon, you don’t just get unique and personalized service and product; you also support the region’s economy, the livelihoods of local retailers and reduce your carbon footprint.
Sidmouth is home to a wide range of unique food retailers who pride themselves on providing this superior service.
The Church Street Dairy Shop sells delicious home-cooked and locally sourced food, as well as their own award-winning ‘Sidmouth Gin’, which is certainly worth trying. During the pandemic, The Dairy Shop also donated hand sanitizer, made as a by-product of its gin, to locations around town. You can find the catch of the day at Sidmouth Trawlers and restock your cupboards with nutritious, healthy foods from Ganesha Whole Foods. There are also plenty of cafes offering outdoor seating: The Bagel Shop, The Chattery, and Taste of Sidmouth all provide the perfect place to safely meet up with family and friends.
Ottery St Mary also offers local residents the opportunity to fill their cupboards with locally sourced ethical marks. Otter Produce provides wonderfully fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced and at reasonable prices. Ottery Fishmonger and K and M Butchers also support local producers and suppliers. If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, a visit to Fillful is a must. Fillful is Ottery St Mary’s first and only zero waste store and on April 12 they opened a second store in Sidmouth. Fillful makes shopping without plastic easy; they provide packaging products, locally produced eco-friendly cosmetics, as well as eco-friendly household products and cleaners.
Wherever you go, grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and remember to maintain social distancing as you rediscover your local main street.
The East Devon District Council has received an allocation of £ 130,992 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund under the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Program to support the StayLocalShopSafe campaign and the safe reopening of streets and city centers. Visit eastdevon.gov.uk/staylocalshopsafe