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Happy Hump Day!

Happy Hump Day!

Well hello again! How was your coffee on Monday? Did you love it? I bet you did! By this point in the week you're probably feeling a bit like a caged animal, what with working from home and you know, living there too. Why not break it up a bit with a change of scene?...

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Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday

Good morning and welcome to a brand new week! This week on IR, we'll be looking at how you can shake up your week to break the working-from-home monotony that so many of us are in the midst of. The good news is, we still have heaps of wonderful indie businesses ready...

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Henna Art by Lalaa

Henna Art by Lalaa

Good morning everyone! Today I'd like to introduce you to one of the many sole-trader businesses that we have in Reading. I spotted Henna Art by Lalaa on Instagram and loved Zara's work so much that I asked if I could feature her on the IR blog. Luckily she said yes!...

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Chapter: Caversham’s Coffee and Cocktail Bar

Chapter: Caversham’s Coffee and Cocktail Bar

Good morning and what a glorious way to start the week, by introducing you to Chapter and the brilliant team behind it. If you aren't sure where to find Chapter, you'll find them on Prospect Street in Caversham, at the site that was previously Tipsy Bean. The...

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Cocolico Patisserie

Cocolico Patisserie

Hello again, friends! I recently caught up with the rather lovely Céline from Cocolico Patisserie; she specialises in plant-based French Patisserie, so please read on to learn more. Céline Céline arrived in the UK in 2016, following a prestigious career as a pastry...

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Indie Shops Re-Opening

Indie Shops Re-Opening

Hello again, folks! As you're no doubt aware, "non-essential" retailers have been given the green light to re-open their shops from Monday 15th June. Not all shops are opening on that date and not all will be open for the entirety of their pre-lockdown hours. Below...

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New Business: Nic’s Bakery

New Business: Nic’s Bakery

Hello again! In keeping with the theme of understanding the impact of lockdown on local businesses, this week we meet Nicola of Nic's Bakery. Nic's Bakery is a business that has only come to fruition during lockdown, proving that where there's a will, there really is...

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Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

Reading Fringe Festival Returns!

Good afternoon and what a sunny afternoon it is! I come bearing fantastic news for those who have not yet heard...Reading Fringe Festival 2020 will go ahead!!! The fantastic team behind Reading Fringe Festival have secured funding to proceed with a digital version of...

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Meet Waggtail Walkies

Meet Waggtail Walkies

I'm not going to go on about it because we all know the current state of the world and the restrictions that have been put in place in the UK. What I have done though is caught up with a few business owners to learn a bit more about what lockdown has meant for them....

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Keep It Up!

Keep It Up!

Some ideas from Independent Reading to help you #supportlocal while staying at home.

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Indie Eats – March 2020!

Indie Eats – March 2020!

In case you've not seen it on social media yet, the next Indie Eats event is scheduled for Thursday 26th March at the Castle Tap! Join us for some amazing food from four local traders and find your perfect beer pairing from the Castle Tap too! Let us know you're...

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Wolseley St. Bakery

Wolseley St. Bakery

In case you haven't heard, there's a new bakery in town and it's been set up in such a way that it brings a taste of village life to our very own Reading. Meet Wolseley St. Bakery. Davy Bonte is the brains behind the operation and has over 20 years' experience in the...

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