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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 Morning After the Day before ……

So readers, did you have lots of chocolate yesterday? Mmmmm we certainly did here at Loveone. But has it put us off until next Easter – not likely! In fact as I write this piece, I am actually making serious headway through a child’s Easter egg! Is that wrong? Possibly but I have justified it that children get plenty of chocolate at Easter and they won’t miss one … or two! As chocolate is a guilty secret of ours at Loveone – we thought we’d talk about it in today’s post.

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Every year I am amazed at the variety of the simple Easter egg. They come in all sizes, flavours and shapes – chocolate bunnies (my particular favourites are the gold ones with the little bell!), chocolate cows, crème eggs, mini eggs and eggs with jelly fried eggs in…I’ll stop there. It made me think back to my earliest Easter Egg memories, when chocolate was simpler and less exotic. I was wowed by the packaging that’s for sure, quantity not quality … I’m glad to say I have since reassessed that criteria! But I can remember being very excited about anything from Cadbury’s and being very disappointed at the gift of a Black magic egg – I hadn’t developed the palate for the dark side at 7! And if your eggs weren’t eaten by June they were melted down into cornflake cakes…no chance of that in my house this weekend. Enjoy your eggs or whatever shape your chocolate comes in and don’t forget to recycle your packaging!

 

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Ellie on Chocolate

As a child, I always was very sensible with chocolate and at Easter time I would make my eggs last well into the summer. However now as an adult, chocolate doesn’t last a day in our house! I’m not sure at what point my addiction became so great. I know my poor husband got ranted at one Birthday when he brought me a box of chocolates and was told ‘do you not know me at all I don’t like chocolate’! Now he’d be in trouble if my Birthday didn’t involve chocolate. So for some reason something changed – maybe I was a late developer in gaining chocolate tastebuds.  But they are certainly well developed now – whether its by itself, in a cake, ice cream or my own particularly special recipe of chocolate spread crackers:-) My idea of chocolate heaven is definitely Cadbury’s fruit and Nut – I can eat slabs and slabs of that! Whereas chocolate hell is  -  Turkish delight or Chocolate with a strawberry middle. But in desperate times – I’ll eat them all!

 

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One of Loveone’s favourite chocolate buying locations is from the  More Than Memorable Cheeses shop in Ipswich. This shop is amazing not just from the fabulous cheeses (which we’ll talk more about in a future post) but also from the other products which they sell in their delicatessen. The chocolate which they sell is the finest and yummiest around. They offer a wide variety of traditional and modern chocolates, made by the very best chocolate makers in England and the Continent. So if like us you cannot resist Chocolate – then you must visit ‘More Than Memorable Cheeses’.

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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.

 

Currently we have in stock -

 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

 

 T-TOWELS

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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.

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.

A Blogging We Will Go …..

Hello, we are so excited here at Loveone to be starting February with a new Blog.

 

For those of you who haven’t visited us yet – we pride ourselves on being the smallest department store in Ipswich. Located in St Peter’s Street, we sell a wide range of gifts from jewellery, candles, toys, prints, cushions, cards to bath products.

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We primarily stock products which are designed and made in Britain. We are the only shop in town to stock recognisable British brands such as; Jellycat, Cowshed, Ham and True Grace. But we also offer products from the many talented designers and makers which the region has to offer, such as Jess Broad (Hello Pushkin) and Victoria Hall (Cluck Cluck). Loveone’s owner Cathy Frost, is regularly up in London searching out new designers or meeting with local Suffolk talent to ensure stock is kept fresh .

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Residing within Loveone we also have:

Betty Blue Hat – sellers of all manner of retro and vintage homeware (upstairs)

Jenny Wren Yarns – the place to stop for anything knitting or crochet related (downstairs back)

 

We are deceptively larger than we look from the outside!

 

The aim is to use the Blog to keep you updated with the latest shop news, such as new products, designers and gift ideas. But also to update you on local issues and projects which Cathy and Loveone are passionate about, such as the St Peter’s Street markets which are organised jointly with ‘I Make Fun Stuff’, showcasing artists at Gallery one and doing our bit to support the high street to name but a few! We have so many things we want to talk about … you may not be able to get us to stop :-)

 

BTW – only 14 days until Valentines Day and we have just got the most amazing new jewellery in:

 

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Perfect for that special someone, along with many other unique Valentines gifts and cards to choose from.

 

Thanks for reading. We look forward to having you along for our blogging adventure xx

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  • 10/05 Vintage Vinyl Night @ Snobs Coffee
  • 24/05 Clothes Swish @ Galleryone
  • 19/05 Access all Arts @ Town Hall
  • 23/06 - St Peter's Street Summer Market
  • 17/11 - St Peter's Street Festive Street Market
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