Independent mk showcase

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Showcasing local independents in and around Milton Keynes

Hi everyone. We hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. First things first, we wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been following independent mk on Instagram. We hit 500 followers last weekend which is amazing. We never thought this would take off as well as it has, so thank you.

Giving independent businesses in and around Milton Keynes some added extra help is what we are all about and to have businesses reach out and connect with us, just gives us more motivation to help and support you all.

We heard about so many fantastic independents in the local area and all from just one Instagram post last week. It was a pleasure to read some of your introductions and to find out a little more about what each of you do and offer our local area.

Following this, we would like to introduce you to our first independent mk showcase post (below), which gives readers an insight into some of the fantastic independent small businesses on our doorstep. Not only do you get a little intro about who is behind each business and what they offer, but you also get links to their website and social channels.

It would be great to see this list grow to include all the amazing independents the local area has to offer. This is where we need your help. We will be publishing the ‘independent mk showcase’ article every two weeks so if you are reading this and would like a business to be featured, please send us an email to [email protected] or DM or message us on Instagram or Facebook.

These days it’s less ‘wing and a prayer’ and more ‘like and a share’ that’s needed to help our independent friends so here’s our first instalment of independent mk showcase.

BROWS BY AINSLEY

I have a clinic in Stony Stratford where I specialise in the transformation of eyebrows though microblading. It’s proven to be a real confidence booster for many women in MK! I had my own Recruitment Agency but sold my share to start a fresh challenge. Passion, commitment and care is what I am all about! A girl doing her thing on her own and making people feel amazing in the process!

Website: browsbyainsley.com
Instagram: @browsbyainsley
Facebook: @browsbyainsley

CHANTY’S KITCHEN

Hi I’m Chanty. My partner and I would like to introduce you to Chantyskitchen, a Family, food business based in Milton Keynes; cooking quality home-food inspired by West African, soulful and quirky cuisines. We aim to provide a high quality and larger quantity of food, holding its own unique flavour.

Our service offers the customers the option to order our food online or over the phone. We will also be doing competitions and catering events. We’re currently in the process of setting up our delivery/meal prep/catering service.

We will be officially launching in early 2020; but In December 2019, we will be giving our instagram and social media followers, the opportunity to try our food collection service and enter online competitions; with the chance of winning a tasty platter!

Instagram: @chantyskitchen

CLIPSTONE DAIRY

We are a family farm situated outside Leighton Buzzard selling milk via our non-farm vending machine. Our milk is gently pasteurised and non-homogenised allowing the cream to rise to the top of the bottle. We sell recyclable glass bottles allowing customers to re-use and reduce single use packaging.

Website: clipstonedairy.co.uk
Instagram: @clipstonedairy
Facebook: @ClipstoneDairy

LITTLE DOLLY DAYDREAMS

I’m Anneka and I hand paint miniature wooden peg dolls to make all sorts of personalised and unique gifts. I am based in Leighton Buzzard and lots of my customers are from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

Location: Leighton Buzzard

Instagram: @littledollydaydreams
Facebook: @littledollydaydreams

JAM MOO KOW

I make jams and chutneys from ingredients grown in Milton Keynes. I also run the Milton Keynes Artisan Food and Drink page over on Facebook, help organise the @mkfoodfest and write a monthly blog about local food and drink events.

Website: jammk.co.uk
Instagram: @jammookow
Facebook page: @JamMooKow

JL CAKES

I’m Julie from JL Cakes and I make cupcakes and turn them into beautiful cupcake bouquets. I’m based in Bletchley and can deliver locally, although all my cupcake bouquets can be collected.

Instagram: @jl_cakes
Facebook: @JulieLomasCakes

LUX STONY

“I’m Caroline and I have a shop LUX Stony in Timor Court, Stony Stratford selling affordable, fashion accessories including handbags, scarves, jewellery etc.”

Instagram: @luxstonystratford
Facebook: @luxstony

MY REFILL MARKET

I’m Karen from My Refill Market the only zero waste shop in Milton Keynes where you can do your food shopping without unnecessary packaging. We have a big range of organic dry foods, natural toiletries, zero waste accessories and refills for cleaning products. As much as possible we work with small and independent businesses. We would like to share with you an excellent NEWS also, we are opening a shop in Stony Stratford!

Website: myrefillmarket.com
Instagram: @myrefillmarket
Facebook: @myrefillmarket

OH MY CAKERY

OH MY CAKERY is a mother daughter duo bringing lots of very cool cakes to Mk in a unique way. Whilst our main business is all by order we open our cakery the last Friday of every month as a shop where everyone can come and buy some of our treats like brownies, blondies, cakeshakes, cake jars, giant cookies, marshmallow and so much more. We also hold events for other small businesses aswell as our own cake decorating workshops.

Website: ohmycakery.co.uk
Instagram: @oh.my.cakery
Facebook: @OHMYCAKERY

ONCE IN A LIFETIME BRIDALWEAR

We are a friendly, honest, bridal shop in Stony Stratford. We pride ourselves on our customer service and satisfaction and we have a huge range of amazing designer dresses.

Website: onceinalifetimebridalwear.co.uk
Instagram: @onceinalifetimebridalwear

OUTHOUSE

I’m Greg the owner of Outhouse. Everything you see on our website and social channels is made from reclaimed recycled wood and is handmade with care by me. I make small decorative items for the home as well as much larger bespoke furniture from a simple coffee table to a full office/restaurant fit out and everything in between. All in my reclaimed/industrial style.

Website: outhouse-byhand.com
Instagram: @outhouse_byhand
Facebook: @OuthouseByHand

SHOEDINI

I’m Sam, I’m a qualified shoe fitter, owner of Shoedini and have a passion for properly fitted, excellent quality children shoes. There are over 4 million children within the UK wearing ill-fitting shoes. My mission is to work on the number within MK by educating parents on the damage of wearing off the peg shoes.

Website: shoedini.co.uk
Instagram: @shoedini_shoes
Facebook: @ShoediniShoes

THIS IS THE LAST STRAW

This is the last straw Ltd. The retractable, reusable, telescopic straw. No more plastic or paper straws. The portable set includes a stainless steel iridescent telescopic straw, telescopic cleaning brush, a carrying case and an attachable keychain with a choice of 5 beautiful colours. You can clip the case to your belt or bag and take it with you wherever you go. Premium food-grade stainless steel, FDA Approved, BPA Free and dishwasher safe. This is the last straw.

Website: thisisthelaststraw.co.uk
Instagram: @thisisthelaststraw_

VIBE JUICE

We’re Vibe Juice and Smoothie bar at Intu MK. We do healthy juices and great tasting smoothies. Above all, we do awesome customer service. We have bars in Luton, Derby and now MK.

Website: vibejuice.co.uk
Instagram: @vibejuiceuk
Facebook: @vibejuice

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

– Becca and Stu –