Here is a post by my amazing sales representative – Leanna! Our journey together started at a friends’ dinner party. I had just had my second batch of cards printed after selling out of a trial order online in just 1 week, Leanna said she immediately fell in love with my card designs and spotted huge potential! When I explained that I was hoping to get my cards into shops, Leanna offered to help me in this quest and sure enough after just a few months Leanna had stocked my cards in lots of shops in London. Since then we have become good friends and we continue to work together! In this post she discusses the challenges facing independent shops and lists the amazing shops we are stocked in…
After a lovely meeting with Alex Massey from Karnac books (one of our wonderful stockists) last week, I started thinking about the relationship between businesses, clientele, and buyers and how a happy, knowledgable Sales Assistant can make all the difference when it comes to buying something. How great is it when someone recommends a friendly place to shop or helps you find exactly what you are looking for!
There is so much choice as to where to shop in London and more and more shops are being run off the high street by shoppers going online. I don’t know if it’s just me, but most of the time I want to see and touch items before choosing to buy them. Forming a bond with shops within your local community, well, it just makes life a bit more jolly doesn’t it?! As a small business it’s important to us that we support independent shops. They care about their business and the relationships they form with buyers and their clientele, which makes the whole experience more personal, inspiring customers to keep coming back. I am saddened by the amount of small independent gift shops and book shops that have been run out of business in recent months.
So I thought I’d share details of the independent shops that stock Art By Natasha Jade so that you can visit them yourselves and help support our community!
It seems only fair to start with Karnac Books as they inspired this blog : )
Karnac Books, Finchley Road
Karnac Books is dedicated to psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and related subjects such as organisations, family, child, and adolescent studies. As well as their online presence, they have a retail outlet that you can visit to browse their extensive range of titles. Their flagship store is on Finchley Road. Find out more here.
Daunt Books, Hampstead
Daunt Books was founded in 1990 by James Daunt in the beautiful Edwardian premises at 83 Marylebone High Street in London – originally built for antiquarian booksellers Francis Edwards in 1910. The intention then, as now, was to arrange books principally by country, whatever the nature of the book – fiction or non-fiction, biography, history, guide or novel – and in so doing creating wonderful browsing both for the traveller and the general reader. Find out more here.
Little Paris, Haringey
Little Paris offers you a fascinating and imaginative time trip through an eclectic range of vintage and unique furniture, curiosities, contemporary Fashion and home accessories, directly sourced from France.
From authentic Jielde lights, Nouvelle vague cinema posters to delicious scented candles, jewellery and bags a la mode in Paris, we’ll always have something to suprise you.
Best of all, the shop is constantly restocked, so you are sure to find new items every month! Find out more here.
Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel
With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, Cafe/Bar and Bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see. Find out more here.
The Notting hill Bookshop, Notting Hill
The world-famous independent bookshop, renowned for its’ travel book department, made famous by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the film Notting Hill, is a magnet for locals and international visitors alike.
The Notting Hill Bookshop offer a selection of the most interesting and up to date titles available in the UK. Quite apart from travel, the bookshop offers extensive ranges across most categories of publishing, and is proud of its’ broad range of children’s books and educational toys. Find out more here.
Goldfinger Factory, Westbourne Park
The Goldfinger Factory fuses a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café space. They provide skills training and assist people in gaining or returning to employment as well as offering designers, makers and craftspeople a platform to develop bespoke furniture, interiors and installations. Find out more here.
Worldly Wicked and Wise, Queens Park
Worldly Wicked and Wise was established by two brothers in 1995 as a combined retail gift shop and picture framing business based in Queen’s Park, North West London. Find out more here!
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So why not pop by and visit your local Natasha Jade stockist, pick up a new book and some greeting cards and support your local community at the same time!?