Wolverhampton might be a small city but it’s got a wealth of independent businesses and niche, small shops surrounding the city. At the end of 2019 we did a round up of the Top 5 Independent Business in Wolverhampton. Now, with Coronavirus sweeping the nation, and small businesses struggling more than ever, we thought we’d do a round up of all Wolverhampton based independent businesses who have changed it up because of the pandemic. All the below have adapted so you can either order online or via telephone to receive their services. So, why not support the Wolverhampton businesses from your bed, ordering online and looking your after local economy.
How Businesses Have Adapted To COVID-19
Crafty Happenings is a small shop in Penn. They sell a range of handmade cards and gifts created by a range of artists across the UK. They aim to introduce customers to new craftspeople and new ideas on modern making. If you are interested in making crafts yourself, they also sell a range of kits and before Coronavirus, held regular workshops with their artists.
Since the pandemic, they have opened online shop where you can buy gifts and cards. Most importantly, you can buy craft kits which will cure those many afternoons of boredom that we are all facing right now. Check out their online shop here.
If you are from Wolverhampton, it is unlikely that we’ll have to tell you about this beautiful little café in Tettenhall. Gluttons provide homemade cakes, afternoon teas and warm & cold drinks to their customers.
During the coronavirus pandemic, gluttons have opened on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for takeaway orders only. All takeaways must be ordered on the Tuesday be 5pm. On offer are afternoon tea boxes, celebration cakes, and small or large cake boxes. So, why not organise a social distancing tea party in West Park with your six friends with all of you ordering an afternoon tea box to enjoy in the sunshine. Order by messaging them on Facebook!
Shop in the Square
The Shop In The Square is a small gift shop which collects work from designers across the West Midlands. They stock everything from food to homeware, from candles to jewellery. All their produce is sourced from across the West Midlands, so not only are you supporting local businesses but you are supporting local artists when you buy with them.
Although the shop has had to close due to the current COVID-19 however, they have an online shop where you can browse their extensive range. Also, their Facebook page provides details on online workshops that their artists hold that you can join for something to do when Lockdown gets too boring.
Flowers In The City
This florist provides interflora flowers to the people of Wolverhampton. Although their shop is currently closed, they are still providing custom made orders on their website. They are providing floral arrangements for all occasions. If you are thinking of someone special and cannot see them, a bouquet designed by this wonderful company might be just what you need to show your love. Check out their arrangements on their Facebook page.
The Real Junk Food Project
The Real Junk Food Project is a global project but have a community here in Wolverhampton. They take food destined for landfills and sell it on at their Surplus Food Markets or their vegan and vegetarian café, ‘Love ‘n Peas’, based in Wolverhampton. This is a Pay As You Feel basis normally. However, during the pandemic, The Real Junk Food Project has gone from opening a weekly market to delivering 100 food parcels to households all around Wolverhampton.
If you would like to volunteer for this organisation, you can call them on 01902 651155.
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