Right now, your favourite small businesses need you more than ever. It’s safe to say that most businesses have been impacted by the current situation in one way or another, some worse than others. So let’s not forget about our small business community.
Whatever the next few weeks or months hold, there are simple ways we can support one another and help each other through the storm. Whether it’s simply engaging with a local business on social media, liking their posts or referring them to a friend, these little gestures can go a long way. By lifting each other up and supporting one another in these little acts of kindness, we believe we can come out the other side of this better and stronger.
If you can, now is the perfect time to support local. Whether you’re looking to buy birthday gifts for loved ones, or treat yourself to something nice, let’s remember to show our small businesses some love during lockdown. At AM, we’re lucky enough to work with some really amazing businesses, from brewers to designers. So, we’ve curated a handpicked shopping guide featuring a few of our lovely clients.
Read on for our top picks!
For the design lover
Contemporary design studio Tom Pigeon creates beautiful prints, stationery, jewellery and homeware items. Tom Pigeon’s Kirsty Thomas is passionate about designing simple crafted objects for people to enjoy. Her minimalist designs play with colour, and the tentative push and pull between balancing shapes and forms. Collaborating with brands such as The Barbican, The V&A and Made, Kirsty’s versatile, beautiful products will make the perfect gift or addition to any modern home. We love the Shipwreck triptych, the clocks, the cushions, the stationery… (oh, we just love it all, really!).
For the adventurer
Meander Apparel is an Edinburgh-based clothing brand on a mission to simplify the life of the modern adventurer. Their versatile collection is designed for both style and performance in equal measure, inspired by a love of adventure, travel and minimalist Scandinavian design. Their stylish, functional pieces will make the perfect gift for outdoorsy types. Designed with innovative anti-odour technology, their garments can withstand a weekend’s worth of wear without needing washed, perfect for exercising during lockdown. We love The Everyday Meander Sweat (available in both men’s and women’s sizes) and The Adventure Trouser (smart enough to wear to the office when the time comes, and we can also confirm they’re comfy and durable enough for a bike ride!)
For the cocktail lover
SweetdramWe don’t know about you, but we’re loving a tipple during lockdown at the moment.
Sweetdram is a progressive, flavour-driven spirits company based in Edinburgh. Their products are focused on original flavour, driven by a demand for resolute quality and a unique drinking experience. The perfect addition to any drinks-lover’s cabinet, Sweetdram’s range of products are truly unique and versatile for a range of different cocktails. Right now, they’re offering free shipping and free Bon Accord mixers with every UK purchase. We highly recommend the Smoked Spiced Rum and the Escubac, best enjoyed during a round of Gooses Quizzes!
Run by husband and wife James and Deborah, Mackintosh Gin is an exciting start-up making a splash in the Scottish gin industry. Their award-winning gin is produced and bottled in the County of Angus. Handcrafted using a total of nine botanicals, the finished product is a smooth, floral gin with notes of citrus, perfect for the gin fanatic in your life. The brand is inspired by Scotland’s rich heritage of Viking invasions and Roman, Pict and Celtic culture, infusing a passion for local tradition with the couple’s love of botanicals. Make sure to follow them on Instagram for weekly cocktails!
Founded by Marian and Simon, Highland Boundary is a new generation of botanical spirits capturing the flavours of the Scottish wilderness. Combining botanicals from the Highlands with grain spirit from the South, their spirits are distilled using ancient techniques and creative flair for hand-picked Scottish flora. Their Birch and Elderflower Spirit is made using distilled birch buds and elderflowers to produce a smooth, tantalizing and surprising flavour with a long, warm aftertaste, perfect for gin and vodka lovers!
For the craft beer lover
Brewing modern craft beer in the heart of Dundee, 71 Brewing engineer beers with balance and consistency that you will want to enjoy time and again. Their beers have won a whole host of awards and make the ideal gift for any craft beer connoisseur. The brewery is still open, so you can order beer on their website. They’ve also just released their Berry Bon Bon and Mandarina Sky in larger cans!
For the soft drink enthusiast
Founded in the early 1900’s by Thomas and David Robb, then expanded by Thomas’s four sons, Bon Accord has always been a family business with strong Scottish roots. With factories in Aberdeen and Arbroath, depots in Inverness and the Central Belt, and a fleet of iconic lorries, Bon Accord delivered soft drinks and cordials to communities all over Scotland. Their famous glass bottles, which were collected and recycled by their lorries, were a familiar sight in homes and on street doorsteps for generations. Back after 16 years, they’re still a family business, but times have changed and with a new generation at the helm, they’ve got a new approach to pop. Bon Accord have five refreshing soft drinks, which can also be tasty mixers that pack a punch. Their soft drinks are sweetened 100% naturally using honey, coconut nectar and lots of delicious fruit juice, so it’s the perfect sugar-free beverage!
For the clothes lover
Cartocon is an independent, forward-thinking fashion and menswear store, stocking minimal, design-focused apparel and footwear. As well as selling their own clothing, they also stock a selection of hand-picked, high-end clothing and accessories to suit even the best dressed. We particularly love the Instrmnt Watch and their selection of Rains backpacks!
Abandon Ship Apparel
Located in Dundee’s Creative Quarter, Abandon Ship Apparel is an independent clothing brand using art as a catalyst to create opportunities and positive change for others. Their quirky clothes, arty aesthetic and playful ethos make their pieces the perfect gift for the apparel fanatic in your life!
For the garden lover
Gillies & Mackay
Gillies & Mackay specialises in handcrafted, bespoke log cabins and sheds, creating innovative garden designs which will last a lifetime. The team at Gillies & Mackay live and breathe sheds. They are passionate about providing something better than your average shed, something worth more than a neglected garden utility, with a focus on quality and bespoke craftsmanship. From garages to sheds and summer houses, treat yourself or a loved one to a beautiful and completely bespoke garden building.
You can still order your dream shed during lockdown and schedule a visit to the Gillies & Mackay show area after 1 June. Check out this video to find out more.
Et voilà! We hope you enjoyed our small business shopping guide! Let’s do everything we can right now to support the small business community.