By Rhea Cartwright
ith Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé steadily defrosting as we speak, the countdown to Christmas is firmly here. With the hopeful view of some much-needed time off around the corner, nothing quite induces panic more than being innocently asked, “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?”
If like us, you’re swamped with the final Q4 push, help is on the horizon thanks to AMEX and its annual Shop Small campaign, which encourages the nation to support small businesses by shopping at independent businesses both at Christmas and beyond. This year, they’ve worked with some of our favourite London-based female entrepreneurs and tastemakers to find out which local haunts they head to when they want to celebrate.
For Iona Mathieson, one half of the duo behind Sage Flowers, the Peckham-based florist loved by everyone from Rihanna to Richard Quinn, shopping small is synonymous with supporting community.
“When we started SAGE flowers, we found a network of incredible businesses and wholesalers who have since become the backbone of our business. Shopping small and supporting independent merchants is super-important, not only to the health of our community but also to the general wellness of our industry.”
Below, discover six of Iona's favourite independent businesses:
"Forza Wine is a rooftop bar run by our brilliant mates. They serve lots of super-delicious small plates, perfect for eating whilst trying out their natural wine list."
"You can always pick up something from GOODHOOD - a candle, a cute bit of homeware or amazing clothes!"
"We love The Camberwell Arms for modern takes on traditional pub food and the best wines."
"Healthmatters is the best health food store, full of natural products and tonnes of vitamins, great for stocking the cupboards!"
"We always need bits and bobs for installations for clients and events, and this super-cute and independent DIY shop holds (honestly) everything you could ever need."
For AMEX and Iona Mathieson, supporting independent businesses is for life not just for Christmas.
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