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December 10, 2019

Has the dip in temperature set your mood to blue? Research into the health benefits of singing shows it could be just the think to perk you up!

Did you know singing improves your sense of wellbeing, reduces pain, improves breathing, speech and posture?

Since the dawn of time singing has been a way of marking community life – celebrating births, deaths and work. In many less technological societies i...

July 28, 2019

(The Pantry Underwear team. Elly Rusted: centre

It’s amazing how weather dependent the underwear business is!

“When the sun’s out and shoppers haven’t the hassle of peeling off layers to try stuff on – and when people start to think about wearing revealing things, that’s when we’re at our busiest!”, said Elly Rusted who owns The Pantry Underwear on Camden Passage.

The 30-year-old set up The Pantry...

May 18, 2019

Liz Vater has spent the past decade bringing storytellers to Stoke Newington, celebrating feminism and political dissent.

Now, the Local Buyers Club is telling her story.

Liz is the brains and energy behind Stoke Newington Literary Festival, which was hailed by one critic as having: “thrown its pretensions in the skip” and by another as: “the coolest literary festival of the summer.”

But for Liz, who...

April 3, 2019

Three years ago, Vanessa Beni’s world came crumbling down when the breakdown of her relationship left her unable to provide for her and her young daughter.

They moved out of their penthouse and in with her parents and Vanessa sold everything she owned to make ends meet.  Her previously lavish lifestyle was over, and her life had reached a major crossroads.

For a while Vanessa, 32, enrolled at Identi...

March 29, 2019

(Founder of Kottu Lanka Mahen Perera, left. Shanti Perera, right) 

Sri Lankan food has been tipped as this year’s top food trend and the BBC’s Good Food Guide has praised market stall Kottu Lanka as one to try.

It’s run by Mahen Perera and his Uncle Shanti. Two years ago, Mahen was on holiday in Sri Lanka with some friends from the UK – when he saw how blown-away they were by the flavours being serv...

February 19, 2019

Frustrated at the volume of items in health shops containing “nasties”, two London-based entrepreneurs have launched their own store selling only the purest products.

After more than a decade managing health shops, Ivana Vyravcova kept encountering products with labels that made her uneasy – additives, binders, fillers and other synthetic ingredients.

18 months ago, she and fiancé Ivo Aulik decided...

February 4, 2019

Former classical chef Trystan Lloyd Williams and his auntie Einir Williams have always been passionate about music. 

But the resurgence of vinyl and advertisement of a local record shop for sale piqued their interest in making it more than a hobby.

Now they own Atomic, a vinyl and comic shop off Islington’s Camden Passage, which is about to celebrate its first birthday.

It has been a steep learning c...

February 2, 2019

Dig out your squirty flowers and polish your red nose - a memorial service with a difference is coming to Hackney and clowning around is mandatory.

Hundreds of clowns in full circus regalia from all over the world are preparing to descend on Haggerston for the 73rd annual Grimaldi Service at the All Saints Church on Sunday February 3 (3pm).

The service is in memory of the legendary clown Joseph Grim...

January 29, 2019

Jeweller Naomi Tracz is fascinated by the ancient world and enchanted by small shapes in nature.

The mother of two has turned her hobby into a business, creating stunning jewellery out of a small workshop in Stoke Newington and selling via an Etsy shop, her own website, at markets and in the shop at the British Museum.

She’s the latest business to join the Local Buyers Club, with a 15% discount to m...

January 24, 2019


For every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business.


Popping out to your local butcher, florist, restaurant or pub builds familiarity. It’s the way friendships are made – the old-fashioned way, through eye-contact, a friendly ‘hello’ and a little small ta...

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