Hello Pushkin

Suffolk has many talented designers and makers and we are lucky enough to be able to sell some of their work at Loveone. One of the popular names which has pretty much been with us since the beginning is Hello Pushkin.  The talented person behind Hello Pushkin is Jess Broad and today we have put her under the spotlight!

 

Hello Pushkin, please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your range?

My name is Jess Broad and I’m a lecturer in Art & Design as well as creator of Hello Pushkin. I would describe my work as highly colourful, pattern based, intricately painted and illustrated jewellery, homeware, stationery and accessories.

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How did Hello Pushkin come about?

The project itself began just after I graduated my teacher training qualification in 2008 and was trying to find work. At the time I was doing awful temporary office jobs which were neither fulfilling or good for my self esteem so I needed some kind of creative direction that would earn me money as well as mean I was making work. I started screen printing designs I liked onto cotton tote bags and drawing illustrations onto shrink plastic to make into brooches. I hoped that if I liked the designs and wanted to wear them then so would other people. I set up an online shop and eventually plucked up the courage to ask Cathy if she would stock a few things in the shop. It went from there really. I will say though, to anyone thinking selling your work is a quick way to earn money, it’s not! You have to spend a lot to buy materials before you even make anything so be careful.

The project started as “Cuppa Tea and Cake” because my work was very English, afternoon tea, cake and a cuppa related but as the years have gone on and my work has evolved I needed to rename the brand as I wasn’t creating the same work any more. I chose Hello Pushkin because it doesn’t conjure up any obvious images so enables me to create whatever takes my fancy and sell it under the same name. Pushkin is what I call cats and I often say “hello pushkin!” so it made sense for me.

 

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by so many things it’s difficult to pin point one thing in particular and I don’t really seek out inspiration or visual references I just use things that I like when I find them. I read a lot of blogs so I would say a lot of my inspiration comes from what I see online when looking through blogs. My interests are wide but lie in pattern, colour, geometric shapes, fashion, cosmetics, graphics, illustration, architecture, the 50s, the list could go on and on I think! I may see some graffiti that inspires me, the colour of a front door, someone’s choice of clothes you just have to look enough and you will find things that press your buttons.

 

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What do you want people to think when they see your work?

I want people to feel excited by my work because of the vibrant colours and patterns I use. I want them to feel that they want to wear it and be unique and different from everyone else because that’s how I have always wanted to look. And I make everything I create because I want to wear it or use it.

 

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Thank you so much to Jess for being today’s interviewee!

If you are interested in looking more at the Hello Pushkin range – Loveone currently has in stock a wide array of Hello Pushkin cards, brooches, tote bags and tea towels. Prices start from only £2.50 for cards and everything else from a very affordable £5.

Watch this space for availability of Hello Pushkin’s exciting new range of graphic printed items.

 

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Sam Barker

Morning, today we thought we’d bring you an interview from the very lovely and talented photographer Sam Barker.

Sam is currently exhibiting his ‘Along the Way’ Photographic Collection in Galleryone of the Town Hall. The collection is a great mixture of sights which Sam has seen on his travels,  everyday images, friends and local sights.

Make sure you pop along as Sam is definitely one to watch for the future.

 

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A bit about Sam the person

There is nothing not to like about Sam. His life revolves around his three main passions: photography, music and skateboarding. He can talk about these with so much energy and enthusiasm that it is envigorating.

From Holbrook, Sam had his first disposable camera at the age of 10 and then by the age of 12/13 had a 35ml panoramic. He was destined to be interested in photography in some way -his Dad was a Wedding photographer and he would often go along to help him out. He then went onto study media and photography at Suffolk college – but failed by 1 point on the written side!

He gets his inspiration from everything around him. Photographically – he admires the work of celebrity photographer Rankin, who Sam believes can really capture the moment between the photographer and its subject.

Sam always has his camera in his bag. He assures me he can switch off. But equally he will stop the car and shoot something if he sees a certain angle or image. He believes this ability to really look at things has come from his skateboarding, where he developed a different set of eyes to work out new tricks.

 

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The exhibition

The exhibition is based on images which Sam has collected over the last 4 years both in film and digital. The collection is based on his travels, random moments which he was lucky to be part of, inspiring and special people  and  images from his roots in Suffolk.

Images are for sale and prices range between £30 – £200.

 

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The collection first came together when he was asked by his friend Cindy Frey to exhibit at her art gallery in Kortrijk, Belgium. He was then asked by his friends Abby Curtis and Steph Larkin (owners of Snobs Coffee) to showcase on their wall in Galleryone. Sam then became known to ourselves and Atrium Studios and it was decided that Sam’s work was so fantastic that he should become the first artist to showcase on all three walls.

When asked about his favourite image in the exhibition, Sam didn’t hesitate. His favourite image is the ‘Girl with the Red Lipstick’. For him it is the focus which really makes this image stand out and the fact that everything is so natural – no flash, not edited.  It was taken on his Dad’s old wedding film camera and he only had three shots to get it right! He knew as soon as he’d shot it that he was going to love it and rushed it off to the developers straight away!

 

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Sam’s desire is that people will gain inspiration from the exhibition. Rather than staying at home and watching tv, he hopes it will inspire them to  go out there, travel and do stuff.

The exhibition is already proving a great success and has really got people looking.  Sam is already in discussions with a friend about a possible joint exhibition later in the year.

The exhibition is on until the 8th April. So pop along to Galleryone and check it out. You can even treat yourself to a coffee at Snobs whilst you are there!

 

If you want to know more or contact Sam – then find him on:

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Facebook: Sam Barker Photography

Email: sambarker1234@aol.com

 

xx p.s thanks to all of you who came and supported the indoor vintage and craft market. It was a great day and so fantastic to have so many of the regions talented designers and makers all under one roof.

Cluck Cluck

Spring is definitely maybe in the air! Ok so we’ve had snow and it’s still quite chilly but hopefully that’s the last of it and the temperatures will start rising. The daffodils are definitely peeping through in the garden so we are taking that as a good sign. To try and encourage a Spring like feeling, we thought we’d look at our lovely range from Cluck Cluck.

 

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If you haven’t heard of Cluck Cluck then you really are missing out. It is a charming range of homeware and prints featuring hens, cockerels, pheasants and other birds. Everything is designed and made in Suffolk and is all the work of the very talented Victoria Hall. Each design follows the same distinctive stylish theme of a classic cream background with black line drawings and a touch of colour and in some cases products are even adorned with real feathers.

Loveone has been selling Cluck Cluck for a few years now and it is always a great success at Easter time. It is the simplicity of the drawings and the fact that Victoria is able to capture the spirit of the birds really well that appealed to Loveone’s owner Cathy.  The pheasant range is new this year and its striking appeal is sure to make it a great success.

 

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 PRINTS

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A wide selection of framed prints of chickens and pheasants, some in pen and ink only and others with real feathers in yellow, blue, grey and red.  All prints £45

 

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100% screen printed cotton T-Towel available as Chattering chicks or Mr Pheasant. Price £7.00

 

MUGS

 

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Choose from either a family of chickens or two pheasants running round the mug.   Price £13.99

 

CARDS

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 We have an assortment of cards available in different colours and some with real feathers. Why not drop someone special a line this Easter with one of these lovely cards. Prices start from £2.

 

If you love birds or are looking  for a unique Wedding / Birthday / Spring Gift then this is the range for you.

 

xx p.s Only THREE days to go until the Vintage and Craft market at the Town Hall in Ipswich. Don’t miss out on this great event this Sunday. Oh and don’t forget your purses – with so many stalls there will be many delights to tempt you!

Sunday 17th March Indoor Market

This Sunday in collaboration with I Make Fun Stuff we will be bringing an Indoor Market to the Town Hall in Ipswich. To say we are excited is an understatement!

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Do not miss this – with over 50 stalls from the regions talented artists and designers. It will be shopping heaven!

Entry is free and stalls will be there from 10am – 4pm.

The very exciting and unusual thing is – we have divided the market into two. There will be a Vintage Market selling anything Vintage from clothes, homeware, accessories and artwork which can be found in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. Plus a craft market which will be full of lovely and unusual crafts – this will be in the Great Hall of the Corn Exchange. There will be so much to see – make sure you allow plenty of time :-)

 

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To give you a sneak preview – here are some of the great names which you can expect to find:

Betty Blue Hat – vintage retro furniture and homeware

Eclectic Eccentricity – EE go offline by bringing their online jewellery boutique specialising in vintage jewellery to the market

Anna Burbidge – Textile Designer/Illustrator creating prints for fashion and interiors

Holly Trill – illustrations, jewellery and stationery

Lovertron- unique, handmade statement jewellery, textiles and accessories

House of Handmade – vintage fashion accessories

Fairweather Vintage – local vintage shop!

Polly’s Textiles – hand printed and handmade accessories and homewares

Plus many many more fantastic names. Some will be favourites from our St Peter’s Street Markets and others will be showcasing for the first time.

 

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As usual with our markets – you can guarantee everything will be ‘Handmade and Timeless’. So if you like a bit of quirk and are looking for a fun day out come across to the Town Hall. Come rain or shine we will be there and happy indoors!

 

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The indoor market is part of the ‘Access all arts events’ being held monthly at the Town Hall. This means there will be lots of other activities happening on the day such as; poetry readings, art exhibitions and a business music workshop.

You will also find Jenny Wrens Yarns, who will be holding a Big Blanket Sew up Day in aid of Breakthrough for Breast Cancer. All are welcome to join in.

This indoor market promises to be a great start to the year. Watch this space for info later in the year about the St Peter’s Street outdoor market.

 

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xx p.s Check out Sam Barker’s photographic exhibition @ Galleryone in the Town Hall from tomorrow. More to follow on Sam in a future Blog.

Mother’s Day SOS?

Need help this Mother’s day to pick an unusual but lovely gift for your wonderful Mum?

 

Well here at Loveone we have plenty to choose from. So don’t fret if you haven’t found something yet – read on for our top suggestions:

 

1) How about picking something from our extensive range of Cowshed products to really pamper and spoil your Mum?

We are particularly liking the ‘Best of the Best’ Giftset, which contains a generous mix of Cowshed’s lifestyle products (inc Soothing Bath & Body oil, Uplifting Bath & Shower gel, relaxing Body lotion, Moisturising Hand cream and 2 candles)  for £40. Don’t hang about though – we currently have 20% off all Cowshed Gift sets so it could be yours for a bargain at £32.

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Or pick any two 300ml bottle combinations and we will throw in a free gift box. Check out our £30 combinations: i) Grubby Cow Handwash and Cowslip Handcream  ii) Dirty Cow Handwash and Cow Pat Handcream

 

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2) Tell your Mum she’s a star – by buying her  a star shaped necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings from our Orelia Jewellery range. Prices from £10.

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3) Surprise her with that perfect scent by exploring our range of candles, diffusers and beauty products from True Grace. Prices start from £14.50.

Perfect for Mum’s are Moroccan Rose (a combination of floral notes and wooden base tones)  or Black Lily (a garden at night – an exotic blend of violets, jasmine, lily and vanilla refreshed by bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood).

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4) Mum’s are never disappointed by jewellery.  The chimed heart necklaces from Tales From the Earth would be an absolute winner. Available in large £32 or small £22.

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5) Go for this seasons must have – a luxurious cashmere scarf from Ochre. A great way to dress up any outfit.  Choose from our beautiful selection of styles. Prices from £40

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6) Pick something from our Azuni jewellery range. Surprise your Mum with the unusual textures, stones and beautiful stand out designs from this amazing range.

We are really loving these new bracelets – £17 but also have necklaces and earrings to choose from.

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7) Select a lovely wooden heart – the simple design means it will look great anywhere. Only £6.50.

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These are just our favourites – we have lots more to choose from, so drop in and see us or give us a call 07711 517787. Plus we have a great range of unusual Mothers Day Cards which are designed and made in Britain. Prices from £2.50.

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Have a great Mother’s Day on Sunday

xx

 

 

 

 

Tell Your Mum she’s a star

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, Loveone’s owner Cathy  talks about the meaning of the day for her.

 

Thoughts from Cathy:

Behind the commercial trappings of one of the main gift buying occasions of the year lies a very sincere message…Say thanks to a very special person.

For me its a day of mixed emotions, having lost my own mother to breast cancer shortly after becoming a mother myself. The day is now a mixture of being nostalgic and reflective of my own mother, but also enjoying and celebrating the day with my own children.

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Even more poignant this year as Hannah, my eldest, is about to embark on her Uni career, probably heading to London in the autumn.

This landmark in her life has made me reflect on the effect my leaving home to head to college had on my mum…

picking up the pieces when I didn’t get my grades…

leaving me in my first shared house with a bunch of students I had only just met with no saucepans, a boxed of tinned food and no heating..there were tears!

the joy of bin bags of washing at the end of term..these were left outside for days as my student house smelt damp and musty

only getting 1 phone call a week…long before texting and facebook

sending me food parcels and teaching me a fail proof cheese sauce which could cover everything…mostly toast!

But mainly for always being there quietly supporting in the background…

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I hope my daughter will head off safe in the knowledge that I will be there at the end of the phone…or twitter.. with persil, tissues,and tins of beans as required.

So this Mothers Day I will be looking back but going forward with very happy memories and more to come on my future journey as a mother!

 

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Enjoy your Mothers Day 10th March

 

xx p.s  Thursday’s Blog will be jam packed with present suggestions for Mother’s Day. So don’t worry if you haven’t decided what to buy your Mum this year – we have plenty of unusual and unique suggestions. We can even supply a card and giftwrap. So take the stress out of shopping and call in!

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What’s That Smell?!

Today we are looking at Loveone’s range of candles from True Grace. If you want a  fragranced candle which provides ‘An essence of England’ then True Grace is the range for you.  Read on for ‘Thoughts from Cathy’ and the results from our Fragrance Panel!

 

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Thoughts from Cathy: Fragrance or smells are all around us – they can evoke a mood, a feeling, a reaction, even take you back to a place, remind you of a memory or generate a sense of well being.

What’s your favourite or what turns your stomach? Its all so personal. At extremes I love the smell of new books and bookshops but also petrol and fresh coffee! So to select a range of candles for the shop was quite a challenge! I first met the talented candlemakers at True Grace six years ago. Based in Wiltshire, their ethos is “as it should be”. They have captured the essence of the English countryside through their product collections:

The Village – beautiful, honest and memorable The Manor – luxurious, unexpected and complex Walled Garden – flowers, herbs and glasshouses

At Loveone we currently sell 15 different fragrances from florals to vegetables. There are many more in the range – but I’m not sure yet about bonfire as a fragrance!

 

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The newest fragrance to grace our shelves is Black Lily. This new candle evokes a garden at night – an exotic blend of violets, jasmine, lily and vanilla refreshed by bergamot, vetiver and sandalwood.

Within the True Grace range we stock candles in both tins and glass containers, diffusers, scented leaves and hand washes/creams. All are made with the finest ingredients and natural waxes. The pretty glass candle containers are etched and can be reused.

This range is a perfect source of gifts for many occasions especially Mothers Day and Birthdays.

 

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Fragrance Panel Results This week we thought we’d try something a bit different by getting some Loveone friends together to really put the True Grace fragrances to the test.  So our “expert” panel of Alex, Annie, Lindsey, Nicola and myself met at Cathy’s with our noses finely tuned and raring to go! Laid out on the dining room table, Cathy had placed 16 candles (she had sneakily thrown us a red herring by putting in 2 of the same!) . The names of the candles were covered up, and question sheets were at the ready. The panel then went along the line, sniffed each candle and wrote down what they believed the fragrance to be.  Sniffing 16 candles in quick succession was quite overwhelming for the nasal sense buds. But each one had a really distinctive smell – some stronger than others.  Some we thought were better for certain seasons and some we thought were more female or male suited.

 

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Overall we did quite well and we certainly guessed or were very close to a fair few. Some we only got when Cathy told us the answer and we smelt them again. But we all agreed with Cathy’s words above – that likes and dislikes are so personal and really vary from person to person.

Our favourites – 2 Votes for Stem Ginger, 1 Vote for Hyacinth, 1 Vote for Orchard and 1 Vote for Wild Mint Our least favourites – 3 Votes for Cucumber, 1 Vote for Fig and 1 Vote for Moroccan Rose (even though this is one of our best sellers!)

 

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A big thank you to our superb panel – it certainly was a different and enjoyable Monday afternoon. There definitely were a few ‘ooh I must buy that one’ !

Thank you also to Alex for more fantastic Blog photos. Contact her on: www.alexpotter.co.uk or 07885 238282. Or find her on facebook: Alex Potter Photography.

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Curious County

32_St_Peters_St_Alex_PotterMorning Readers, Hope this Monday finds you bright and cheery? Today we thought we’d look at the newly launched Visit Suffolk campaign which labels Suffolk as a ‘Curious County’.

Launched primarily as a social media campaign, it is designed to attract visitors to Suffolk from London, the Midlands and Cambridge. By looking at the website  www.thecuriouscounty.com or their facebook or twitter page – you will see that the campaign is not designed to be traditional in any sense! It uses quirky illustrated characters with names such as Roger Frobisher and Ruby Hegarty to appeal to different visitor groups. These characters are then ‘photographed’ at different Suffolk gems which potential visitors can view online. However it is the controversy over the word ‘Curious’ which has really raised its profile – the campaign has even gained national coverage over the debate. But the controversy is great for the campaign as it meant they have had a staggering 200,000 hits on Twitter. It certainly has piqued people’s interest and if that draws visitors into Suffolk then great!

 

Is Suffolk curious? Well we certainly have lots to offer tourists – read on for Cathy’s views and in particular her suggestions about what is so great about Suffolk’s Hometown: Ipswich.

 

 

 

Thoughts from Cathy:

Personally I’m not sure about the word “Curious”, I like the idea of being curious and inspiring people to look a bit deeper and further but for me curious can also conjure up oddness, slightly weird associations. However I hope the campaign will inspire and encourage visitors and residents alike to go out and visit Suffolk. In the spirit of this I wanted to  be a little bit more curious about Ipswich – the place where I live and work. In particular how would I sell Ipswich to the visitor and its residents.

Here’s a few suggestions:

The Waterfront – a beautiful mix of old and new. Its celebrates our Maritime heritage and also reflects a new cosmopolitan feel to the town. I had a friend visit last year from New Zealand who hadn’t been in town for at least 15 years and said the Waterfront reminded him of home….Auckland. That’s praise indeed!

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Vintage walking Map – The joining up  and celebration of the quirkier side of independent shopping in Ipswich. Watch out for further blogs on this!

IpArt Festival – Our annual Arts festival held in June/July is an amazing celebration of art and culture and attracts large numbers of visitors. It includes a Music Day, Opera and Proms in the Park, Vintage and Craft Market on St Peters Street, Comedy, poetry and dance.

Magnificent parks – Ipswich is blessed with several beautiful parks. My favourite is Christchurch Park and I am lucky enough to walk through it most days. It is a home to the beautiful Christchurch Mansion – there is plenty to be curious about in this building!

Amazing Architecture – We have it all…..Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Modern. Just go for a wander and look up!!! In summary, my thoughts are Suffolk is a beautiful county but it is so much more than seaside and country. It has an edgy, gritty, artistic, culturally diverse and interesting county town waiting to be given another chance.

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A big thank you to Alex Potter for our amazing photos of Ipswich today. If you want to look more at Alex’s work then find her at: www.alexpotter.co.uk or facebook: Alex Potter Photography. Alternatively she can be contacted on 07885 238282. Alex can be booked for weddings, family groups, individuals and events.

 

xx p.s Watch out for Thursday’s Blog when we will be panel testing the range of candles from True Grace. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day.

We’re going Dog Crazy!

Check out our new window display by talented local artist Anna Nyberg and you will see why! If you love Dogs and Cats – then you will love the vibrant and quirky work of Anna.

 

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We have in stock mugs, cards and prints for a wide range of dog breed illustrations including; Bulldog, Chihuahua, Pug, Poodle, Boston Terrier, Dachshund. Plus an assortment of cats and other quirky images.

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Prices range from: Mugs £7 Cards (cats and dogs) £3 Pug cushions £45 Framed prints 33cmx33cm or 39cmx31cm £25

 

Ipswich based Anna has become a frequent favourite of Loveone. She is a regular at the St Peter’s Street markets and made pug cushions for us at Loveone’s Pugfest last year! It was at one of the street markets that Cathy spotted  the new range of cards and mugs and knew she had to get Anna into the shop. Cathy loves the simplicity of the drawings which absolutely capture the essence of the animal, dog or cat!

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Anna Nyberg’s illustrations offer customers a fun but stylish and unique gift – great for yourself or as a unusual present for someone else.

Mmmmmm Coffee

Imagine my delight when Cathy suggested we write today’s Blog about one of her favourite coffee shops in Ipswich: Snobs Coffee. I had never been to Snobs Coffee before, but I do love my coffee so was looking forward to trying somewhere new. I never expected to come away so in love with a place and its coffee and immediately texted my friends to ask why we had never been!

 

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Snobs Coffee is all about providing great tasting coffee. Its unique because everything is sourced locally – the coffee beans, the blend of coffee, even the milk. Alongside your coffee – try one of their heavenly cakes (again all produced locally) It even has a great new chef who rustles up their very tasty lunches – making it the perfect place to meet friends, or have a bit of personal restbite. It is the type of place which appeals to a wide mixture of ages. It is child friendly and has a really relaxed ambience.

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Snobs Coffee is the creation of friends Abby Curtis and Steph Larkin, who started selling their blend of local coffee at farmers markets about a year ago. It has now been resident at the Town Hall for about 8 months (following its success at the Switch Fringe Festival), making it the first pop up cafe for the county.

Located in Galleryone (basically just head up the townhall steps and then go straight!), Snobs Coffee offers customers a large open space – tables are well spaced apart and so you definitely aren’t subjected to other peoples conversations! It is also really light – thanks to the glass domed roof which reminds people what a historical building they are in. It is decked out in a colourful array of retro vintage furniture which is supplied by Betty Blue Hat. In the majority of cases, the furniture can be brought – so customers really can try before they buy!

 

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As well as housing Snobs Coffee, Galleryone also provides art space for local artists and designers. In a collaboration between ourselves, Ipswich Borough Council, Atrium Studios and Snobs Coffee there is a mixture of styles which is regularly updated. If you are interested in showcasing your work on the Loveone wall – then please drop Cathy an email.

 

Snobs is open Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 4.45pm. It stays open until 9pm on Fridays when it hosts DJ’s and open mic nights. It is also licensed for these evenings.

For more information on Snobs Coffee, check out their website: www.snobscoffee.com or find them on facebook

 

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