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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

1. BETTER FOR THE LOCAL ECONOMY

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.

2. HELP BUILD COMMUNITIES

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...

January 23, 2019

A restaurant in Newington Green is serving up a slice of Southern Italy and it’s become hugely popular with London-based Italians.

Trattoria N16 has been trading for around 12 years but a year ago co-owner Demetris Demetriou bought his partner out of the business and went from silent partner to running the show.

The business, which serves up hundreds of pizzas on a typical weekend day, has a te...

January 21, 2019

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

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

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

January 18, 2019

We sat down with the man behind whimsical Shoreditch bar Callooh Callay and its more grown-up sister Little Bat Bar in Islington to hear his remarkable story.

Richard Wynne has an eye for business and a knack for hospitality. The 39-year-old from Stoke Newington, has been working in the bar industry for 20 years and runs two of North London’s most popular and award-winning bars.

The Little Bat Bar w...

January 11, 2019

When siblings Marcel Gryzb and Oriona Robb were growing up they worked in the family restaurant in Poland.

30 years on and with a lot of outside experience under their belts they’ve brightened up a corner of Islington’s Upper Street and are running Galley - one of the area’s most eye-catching and popular restaurants.

 (Galley on Upper Street, N1)

It’s the perfect combination of talents for the brothe...

January 2, 2019

Vikesh Kotecha is adding a touch of spice to the smoothie business.

From his family home in Bedfordshire, with help from his parents and a talented chef and nutritionist, he’s created The Honestly Good Smoothie Company – delivering organic smoothie-making kits to homes all over the UK.

The recipes feature fruit, veg, protein and pulses and, inspired by Vikesh’s Indian roots, a sprinkling of spices s...

December 18, 2018

Best friends Paula Chapman and Helen Collier are celebrating a year of running The Last Crumb café and work hub and say they’ve “found their groove.”

The biggest challenge for the popular Stoke Newington start-up has been finding the right chef to help run the kitchen and they say the answer lay in taking the unusual step of opting for a senior sous chef, instead of a Head Chef.

Helen said: “While o...

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