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Do you have a passion for Vintage?

In November 2012 Loveone and Betty Blue Hat produced the first Vintage Shopping Map of Ipswich. The map has a wealth of treasures waiting to be discovered including books, records, homeware, fashion and food.

 

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Loveone has always championed the quirky and eclectic and has dabbled with vintage and retro products for a while now. Most notably by joining forces with I Make Fun Stuff and bringing the Vintage and Craft Markets to our Street and recently to the Town Hall. For the last 18 months Betty Blue Hat Vintage has been in residence upstairs at Loveone, offering a great range of homeware and kitchenalia.

 

Loveone was involved in a similar project about 3 years earlier with a map to promote independent business in the town. It proved a very successful way of linking the small business community in view of the pressures now facing retail.

 

The Vintage map came about as it was becoming more and more obvious to Jessica Bradley (Betty Blue Hat) and Loveone’s owner Cathy that there were a number of great little businesses popping up within the town, offering products and services that were either vintage or retro inspired. Many of them are our neighbours on St Peters Street but some you really need to search for…hence the map was born.

 

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Photo thanks to Alex Potter Photography

 

So we suggest invite a friend and make a day of it (just like Cathy and Jess are doing above!) Start at either end of the town with your map in hand.

There are 3 refreshment stops on the way:

Arlingtons – a café with a french Twist housed in the original Ipswich Museum

Snobs Coffee – an independent pop up in Galleryone of the Town Hall

The Tea Boutique on St Nicholas Street for a traditional afternoon tea.

For the best vintage fashion head to Fairweather Vintage which also offers an In House Tailoring service.

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Wander down St Peter’s street and you will find some of Loveone’s neighbours including:

Claude Cox – rare and vintage books,

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Myrtle and Mint – beautiful florist inspired by English country gardens

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And Mauds Attic  – if you like a good old browse, this really is a treasure trove of delight!

 

One of Cathy’s favourite stops on the map is Out of Time Records on Fore Street. It has been serving the world with vinyl and cds for 25 years, making it the perfect place to replace or revisit your vinyl memories.

 

This map has proved as successful as the earlier maps and has been a great way of getting the local business community to pull together.

It will be reprinted very soon with some new editions including a new independent coffee shop and a vintage hairdresser.

The maps are available from all the shops on the map, The Town Hall and the Tourist Information Centre.

We will be walking the map in May to celebrate National Walking Month so watch this space for further reports and news.

Keep walking and keep shopping!

xx

 

 

The Art of Shopping

Morning Readers, Hope you’ve had a good weekend and enjoyed the sunshine (which has finally arrived Hurray!!!). In today’s post Cathy, is talking about an issue very close to her heart – the art of shopping and the importance of the High Street.

 

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Thoughts from Cathy

Are we losing the art of shopping? Have you fallen out of love with the High Street, preferring out of town or internet shopping? I could wax lyrical all day about the High Street and I make no secret of the fact I love shopping..but its not just about the “purchase”, its also the experience, the conversation, the interactions, the coffee stop before or after [or both]. The thrill of bagging a bargain or finding that elusive pair of shoes in the right colour and size!

The fact that my shop is called LOVEONE is no accident, as its one of my favourite and well worn phrases for as long as I have been connected to shopping! I still remember the thrill of shopping trips as a child, catching the bus from Woolwich to Oxford Street. The annual trip to Hamleys at Christmas, buying my first pair of leather boots form Ravel on Bond street [those heady days!]…the smell of roasted coffee from one of the first coffee shops in Bromley [pre Costa]! Being completely bowled over by the Harrods Food Hall and the window displays at Fortnums. Even now that is shopping at its best…a piece of theatre. The joy of the purple bag from Liberty or a little brown bag from Bloomingdales…I could go on and on…

 

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Are you a leisure or necessity shopper? I guess for many of us who are time poor we revert to necessity and convenience, I confess I do use the internet and have been known to pop out of town! BUT I still believe there is a place for leisure shopping, On a daily basis I meet many people who enjoy the High Street experience…they want to smell, touch, try on..and talk about the products.Its great sharing my knowledge about the designer I’ve met, the workshop I have visited, the story behind the product, where it comes from.

 

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Photo Thanks to Alex Potter Photography

 

So next time you have a moment…visit your local High Street…nurture your inner shopper …remember we are there to help..be curious and ask questions ….be impulsive it might be the best thing you’ve ever bought!

 

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xx p.s why not let us know your thoughts – leave us a comment about what the High Street means to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

xx

 

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.

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