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Monday, 3 December 2012

Love Local: part 1

As we hurtle towards Christmas and the lists get longer, the blood pressure slowly but surely raises and there is simply no more room to write anything else on the calendar, we thought it would be the perfect time to go local.
Buying local, enjoying local and shopping Staffordshire are ideal ways to slow down, find unique gifts, avoid the feeling of being ripped off and people will smile! Lots of Staffordshire towns are adding special Fairs, markets and events to go with you shopping - some are even offering free parking to encourage you in. Shopping with friendly local people, supporting your local economy, buying special gifts with a back story, avoiding crushing crowds and feeling part of a community has got to be an easy choice! So....
Part 1
Shopping options: 
Leek is the perfect place to find a unique gift because there is an option to suit all tastes and pockets. You can go vintage, antique, funky or traditional. There are lots of choices of gift shop like Bibelot, The Alphabet Store, The Bay Window to name a few, as well as places to grab a cuppa, buy a sugary treat or have a quick pint...essential to keep you going. The White Hart Tea Rooms are perfect and central, Pronto Deli is perfect for a coffee and Italian dolce with a great range of foodie gifts too. 
Pre Christmas events:
Sunday shopping 9th December - cafes, shop open, buskers, free parking, face painting, owls & more.
Victorian Leek Sat 15th December - free parking, Christmas Market, fine food, collectables, cooking demos & live entertainment. Free guided walks around Leek & exhibitions at the Nicholson Museum. There is even a Victorian Magician.
free on special days and good parking in town.
Extra bits:
Leek is an historic town surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are proper old pubs, great local feeling, fabulous architecture and enough to keep you there all day and evening. There are also great places to stay if you want to make a weekend of it.


Leigh said...

I love Leek, especially at Christmas on the way to visiting mum, for those gifts with a bit of uniqueness. Nina

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