Guest blog from the team who have created the Exeter Christmas Shopping Crawl…
It was Arabella of Natural Nursery who first tweeted me about the Independent Christmas Shopping Crawl with a link to the details. Twitter was soon after alive with enthusiasm from a core of Exeter retailers. A meeting was soon arranged at a local pub on 16th of October, The Prospect Inn and six people attended and started making plans.
Time, dedication and a lot of hard work got the Christmas Shopping Crawl project off the ground
Due to pressure of work, two dropped out (maybe they just realised the sheer amount of effort that was going to be before us to get this project off the ground!)
And so the team was formed with Sue from Cafe at 36 who also took in the mantle of local activation partner; Kirsty from Snappy Snaps – a national name but only in name – this is an individually owned franchise; Amanda from the lovely gift shop Insideout, and myself from Penny’s Recipes who has an online local, organic vegetable ordering scheme which delivers in various locations in the city.
Team work was the key to success in developing the Exeter Christmas Shopping Crawl
And what a team it has been! I am not sure I have ever worked in a team that drives forward together so wonderfully and shares, skills, talent and time all in equal measure. Problems and disagreements have only led to creative discussions and solutions – I am very happy to have met these ladies.
And so we all lobbied some of our local shops with response ranging from unadulterated enthusiasm to almost near rudeness – the latter of course we all found surprising but simply shrugged it off and moved on. It was not long before we had our list of 30 retailers.
A local printer and artist offered to design the map – again through seeing our Tweets – Nick of Prt Scr Press and Nia of Niaski. A local Councillor supported us and helped us to get funding to cover the cost of materials for printing. Expertise was offered form Westcountry.co to create a website – exeterindies.westcountry.co and a photographer from Snappy Snaps Katie McGahey, did a photo shoot of us all.
The Exeter Indie Shoppping Trail was well and truly born!
And now we launch just one month later, on Friday 16th November at 2.30pm, with Ben Bradshaw, our local MP, opening the event. We look forward to reporting on progress.
This guest blog about the Exeter Christmas Shopping Crawl was provided by Penny of http://pennysrecipes.com/ on behalf of the team who have supported the Independent Christmas campaign in Exeter.