Now more than ever, local businesses need our support. Style of the city highlights the best of what our local brands have to offer in our ‘Shop Local Initiative’. Take a look!
Anastasiou Designs creates contemporary wood-turned homeware, a traditional technique with a modern design language. The shapes are inspired by Scandinavian design but with a contemporary spin. Everyday products that celebrate nature and pay respect to the wood’s natural form and qualities.
Aspirations UK, in Barry, is the official stockist of Frenchic Chalk paint and sells furniture, home accessories, gifts and industrial items. They also offer a Commission Service, which includes upcycling furniture, front doors and kitchens. The business encourages people to upcycle instead of buying new and the process helps reduce quality furniture ending up in landfills.
Blossom & Nectar
Blossom and Nectar is an independent retailer that focuses on nature, sustainability and supporting trade industries without harming our environment. They sell a collection of carefully curated artizans and their own branded items too, such as honey, gin, candles, soaps and bath salts. The sustainable brand uses no single use materials or plastic; everything is recycled, recyclable or both. Each product is chemical free, organic where possible and always cruelty free.
Academy Platform in Cardiff Bay
Academy@Platform is part of a family-owned group of speciality coffee shops with a euro cafe bar twist, situated in the grounds of the renovated Platform offices and next to the exit of Cardiff Bay railway station. Academy@Platform is the perfect place to start your day with an early morning coffee and breakfast, meet with colleagues for a working lunch or catch up with friends after work for a beer and cocktails. Whether you need a caffeine fix or you want to indulge in our cocktails, fine wines or our beers the choice is yours! Spend your weekend evenings relaxing with a tailored range of speciality drinks.
Kiti Cymru is a multi-award-winning boutique set in the heart of Pontcanna. A fiercely independent boutique with a unique edit of collections, selling the very best from global fashion houses such as Ganni, Anine Bing, Faithfull and many more.
Kiti Cymru has been included as one of the Top 50 boutiques in the UK  in The Telegraph as voted by Stella. They have also been shortlisted by Drapers magazine as The Best Independent retailer 202 and listed in Grazia magazine as one of the top 50 UK boutiques last month.
Kiti launched in 2015 and has since grown year by year. Gwenno, the owner of Kiti Cymry shares her reasoning behind her brand: “I named the shop after my nain/gran who would be so chuffed. We were the best of friends. Every time I see the name I think of her and proud she would be. All of these nominations this year has made us happy even more determined to maintain the very best standard as we continue to grow and evolve.”
The Elephant’s Ear
Situated in the heart of the Lakeside community, The Elephants Ear is an independent plant shop specialising in indoor, tropical, and outdoor plants, cacti, and succulents. As part of their service, they are able to offer care advice for all your plant purchases and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your new jungle addition.
They offer plants that range from easy care to rare finds, so you’ll find the perfect plant for your Urban Jungle. They would love for you to pop in and say hello, or alternatively connect with them through their social platforms.
Proper Platters is artistic grazing at its finest. Proper Platters has grown from small private events into huge jaw dropping grazing tables for parties and corporate events for brands such as Golly Slater Wales, Land Rover and Hugh James.
Amanda Jones Jewellery is located in the beautiful town of Cowbridge. Amanda is passionate about creating a magical and personal shopping experience for her customers.
She has used her 20 years experience to build a relationship with many leading stockists here in the UK and Europe, such as Uno de 50, Anna Beck, Chlobo, SVP rings and many more.
Empowered Women Fitness
Want to do work out at home without breaking the bank on weights and equipment? Empowered Women Fitness, high-quality fabric, resistance bands provide challenging resistance to suit your needs, enabling you to do a leg day wherever you go. If you have weights, these products are also useful for activating your glutes before weight training or adding an extra challenge to your session.
Renowned designer, Emma-Kate Francis and her husband Dylan, have recently launched new business Tiafi Jewellery with a unique concept behind the brand. Each piece is individually stunning, but did you know that all the jewellery pieces connect together?
The indented charm on the ‘You’ Star Bracelet (pictured) connects with the raised charm on the ‘Me’ Star Bracelet, Necklace, Earrings and Signet Rings. All pieces are available in sterling silver and 18ct Gold.
Charm Bracelets from £49, Necklaces from £59, Stud Earring from £45 and Signet Rings from £75
Doctor Bobs Balloons
Doctor Bobs Balloons has a variety of exciting and original must-have balloon designs tailored for all occasions from centrepieces, organic arrangements, home deliveries, artful arches and glistening garlands; the possibilities are endless.
The Unique 10th Balloon display in the latest trending colours is perfect for any Double-Digit birthday. These creations bring out the focus right where it belongs! Personalise this design for any milestone birthday or any age from Doctor Bobs Balloons huge variety of coloured number balloons or change up the theme by choosing from any co-ordinating products.
They have a variety of exciting and original must-have balloon designs tailored for all occasions from centrepieces, organic arrangements, home deliveries, artful arch’s, glistening garlands the possibilities are endless with Doctor Bobs Balloons.
Check out their website and Instagram for all their eye-catching ‘Balloon Bouquet’ ideas and vast range of balloons.
You can now also visit them in store; opening times are available on the website.
Rosemary’s Holistic Beauty Corner
In need of some escapism from your daily stress? Rosemary’s Holistic Beauty Corner is owned by an independent holistic and beauty therapist, who has over 9 years experience in the industry. It’s based in VV Beauty Boutique Salon and offers mobile pampering in around South Wales.
Rosemary’s Holistic Beauty Corner now offers spa party events and retailing its own specially blended skin care range, which will be ready for Summer 2021.
House of Indy
The latest toddler tie dye t-shirt brand. House of Indy is a new small business, selling one-of-a-kind designs. Every single t-shirt from the House of Indy collection is unique; each garment is dyed by hand, right here in the UK.
Purple Spiral Bolt T-Shirt £15.99
Studio Muse Pontcanna
Curated with a conscious eye and a touch of lux, this beautiful store, located in the heart of Pontcanna, is dedicated to self-care within the genres of beauty, skin, bath, fragrance and fresh flowers. Studio Muse is renowned in Cardiff its luxurious products and blooming spectacular floral displays. The Pontcanna store offers purely vegan and local British products, from bespoke face creams to hand-made candles.
The perfect ‘wing’ destination in Cardiff. Wing Stack offers mouth-watering, tasty meat and vegan options, such as their signature wings. You’ll find an array of wings, burgers and ‘tings’ which are full of flavour. Every single dish has its own signature style, from popular classics to indulgent favourites, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
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