Support Local – Part 3

Meet the proudly independent people giving us good reason to stay loyal to local

Experience Guildford are delighted to be supporting a collaborative project between Growlers & Cans and Blackham Images, taking a closer look at the faces in front of some of Guildford’s most loved independent businesses.

Across the UK some 65% of retail outlets are independent businesses, plus many pubs, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons also operate as independents. Their financial contribution to the local economy in which they exist far outweighs that of their national or online counterparts, with an estimated 50p to 70p of every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business staying in the local economy, compared to 40p in respect of larger businesses and as little as 5p for online traders.

Find out more about the next five businesses featured:

Love Brownies

7 Tunsgate
Guildford
GU1 3QT

www.lovebrownies.co.uk

Twitter: @Love_Brownies
Facebook: @Love-Brownies-10252784563046
Instagram: @lovebrowniesbakery

Name of person pictured:
Katie Goater

Business name:
Love Brownies

Time in Guildford:
10 months (-3 months due to Apocalypse)

Tell us about the business in 10 words or less:
THE CUTEST BROWNIE CAFE SERVING FOOD &TREATS WITH A CHAT.

Tell us what you love about Guildford:
I love Guildford’s charm and authenticity. From our beautifully well kept castle grounds and the river to the mixture of historic and contemporary architecture (pubs included)- it is vibrant and original, and is cared for by its lovely inhabitants.

What’s next for the business:
We are launching a gorgeous new coffee blend AND extending our food menu! It will include all things avocado and some warming Autumnal dishes!

Mavericks Man Barbershop

10 – 12 Chertsey Street
Guildford
GU1 4HD

www.mavericksman.com

Twitter: @MavericksMan
Facebook: @MavericksManBarbershop
Instagram: @mavericks_man_barber_shop

Name of person pictured:
Peter Matysiak – I’m part owner of the businesses (Barbershop and hairdressing salon), owned jointly with Anastasija and Eko

Business name:
Mavericks Man Barbershop and Mavericks Hairdressing Salon

Time in Guildford:
Established in 2006

Tell us about the business in 10 words or less:
Independent barbers and hairdresser trading in Guildford over 14 years

Tell us what you love about Guildford:
We love the people of Guildford (and the surrounding areas) – we are so lucky to have a fabulous bunch of customers!

What’s next for the business:
We are developing a new website and booking system and hope we survive this hard time for all businesses in the town centre!

 

 

Jeita Lebanese Cuisine

50 – 52 Chertsey Street
Guildford
GU1 4HD

 

www.jeitarestaurant.co.uk

Twitter: N/A
Facebook: @jeitaguilford
Instagram: @jeitaguildford

Name of person pictured:
Ibrahim

Business name:
Jeita Lebanese Cuisine

Time in Guildford:
3 years

Tell us about the business in 10 words or less:
Authentic Lebanese cuisine, prepared & served by experienced, friendly team

Tell us what you love about Guildford:
The way the town offers and combines both history and heritage and modern vibe through its busy markets and independent cafes, restaurants & other establishments. That reflects on the people of Guildford, who are simply amazing and many of them have become our regular customers and friends over the years.

What’s next for the business:
We are opening another, new branch right in the heart of Guildford town centre very soon! Jeita Express will be offering Lebanese street food, concentrating mainly on takeaway. This will be a great option for the town goers who are looking for a quick bite at a convenient location. We promise to bring the best of Jeita to our new branch as well: delicious, authentic food & friendly service.

 

 

Ben’s Collectors Records

5 Tunsgate
Guildford
GU1 3QT

www.benscollectorsrecords.com

Twitter: @BensRecords
Facebook: @BensCollectorsRecordsGuildford
Instagram: @benscollectorsrecords

 

Name of person pictured:
Ben Darnton

Business name:
Ben’s Collectors Records

Time in Guildford:
27 years at current location (but 36 years in total as I started in June 1984 as manager age 17 of Collectors Record Centre 89f Woodbridge Rd)

Tell us about the business in 10 words or less:
I buy and sell second-hand records (records always wanted)!

Tell us what you love about Guildford:
I love Guildford & my many friends in the town as well as it’s rich history & architecture.

What’s next for the business:
My immediate plan is to work as hard as I can to survive & it will be nice to run my monthly record fair again in the Guildhall & my jazz gigs in Growlers and Cans.

 

The Secret Garden

4 Angel Gate
Guildford
GU1 4AE

 

www.secretgardenguildford.co.uk

 

Twitter: @florist_secret
Facebook: @TheSecretGardenGuildford
Instagram: @thesecretgarden_florist

 

Name of person pictured:
Angela

Business name:
Secret Garden

Time in Guildford:
Nearly 4 years in November

Tell us about the business in 10 words or less:
Family run florist, plant and gift shop in central Guildford

What’s next for the business:
We are excited that we have just opened our new plant shop next door to Secret Garden, the Greenhouse! Full of lots of different exciting new plants to fill your home or office space. The florist shop is still going strong and looking forward to seeing lots more of our lovely customers especially at these difficult times .

 

Take a closer look at the portraits by visiting Growlers & Cans and get to know these local business heroes over a pint and #SupportLocal.