A new campaign has been launched by Plymouth City Council, Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership to support local businesses on the high street. The aim is to help you, the awesome people of Plymouth, reconnect with local stores and the amazing cast of characters that run them.
High street stores across the city started to reopen in July, and have faced an incredibly difficult few months. There have been lots of challenges – from setting up new delivery systems to help you shop through lockdown, to putting new measures in place to keep you safe whilst you shop.
Whether it’s supporting your local fishmonger, visiting a local café or browsing on the high street we’re asking you to geddon and enjoy what the city has to offer, meeting some of the great characters behind some of your favourite independents.
Better yet, we want to help you discover the favourite places that you haven’t found yet!
Meet Sam and Katie from Vessel Beer Shop
184 Exeter Street, PL4 0NQ
Vessel is an independent beer shop located a few minutes’ walk from Plymouth city centre. It stocks over 350 different beers from some of the best breweries in Britain and around the world.
Sam and Katie are both from the south west and met in Leeds in 2010, where the beer scene was already flourishing. Over the next six years, their passion for beer grew and they decided that they wanted to bring their knowledge of great beer and enthusiasm for supporting small independent producers back to the south west. They moved to Plymouth to set up Vessel and the rest is history.
Meet Rachel and Laura from Gosh! & Absolutely
44 Southside Street, PL1 2LD
Rachel and Laura started their business in 2014 due to a shared love of making. When they first opened their shop in The House that Jack Built, they instantly became part of the independent business community on the Barbican. The support that this community offers, they say, plays a big part in why they love being in that area of the city.
Gosh! & Absolutely now shares a shop on Southside Street with fellow small business, Rockpool Trading. Rachel and Laura offer a mix of upcycled bottle lamps and revamped vintage lamps with all kinds of shades available or made to order.
Meet Jack, Emma and George from The Hutong Café
Lord High Admiral, 33 Stonehouse Street, PL1 3PE
Jack, Emma and George first opened their doors at The Hutong Café, just at the entrance to Royal William Yard, in 2017. Within the first twelve months of trading, the business had already been featured in the Good Coffee Guide (south west) and in Devon Life’s Top 10 cafés.
Coffee is at the centre of everything they do and the café has established a strong reputation for providing excellence in coffee. With a seasonal menu and a super popular breakfast offer (one item which people travel miles for), you can currently find Jack, Emma and George operating at the Lord High Admiral food hub offering breakfast and brunch from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Meet Hayley from Twist Board Game Café
43 Mayflower Street, PL1 1QL
Hayley has always loved games, ever since being introduced to Rummy by her gran when she was eight years old. Board games have seen an explosion in popularity over recent years and, year on year, more people are choosing to get their friends around a table to play.
In recent years, board game cafés have been popping up all over the UK to meet this demand. The premise is simple, go in, play games, eat, drink and have fun. Twist is Hayley’s dream hang out space – chilling with friends, board games, tasty homemade food and quality drinks, and she’s looking forward to welcoming you to come and enjoy a game or a bite to eat and a coffee soon.
Find out more about all of these great places and meet more awesome shop owners at www.shop4plymouth.co.uk.
Psst… Don’t know what ‘Geddon’ means? ‘Geddon’ is a word used across the West Country, and it’s particularly well-used here in Plymouth. From the two-word term ‘get-on, it’s an all-encompassing term used to signify encouragement, surprise or disbelief. ‘Geddon’ can also be used as a greeting instead of ‘hello’, or as a farewell instead of ‘goodbye’.
This campaign is part of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and HM Government.