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Food Shopping

IR has put together a map of some of the places in the Reading area that sell a variety of food stuffs, to suit your every culinary fantasy!

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Christmas Gift Guide

The excitement has just got too much and IR can't hold it in any more. Today, right here and now is the official launch of the IR Christmas Gift Guide 2018! Some truly fabulous businesses have contributed to the content and you'll find gifts from concrete tealight...

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Artisan & Farmers Market

Hands up, who's been to a market recently? OK, so your hand's still up...who's been to a market in Caversham recently? I'm going to hedge a bet that there are few of you who think you have the market scene in Reading nailed but haven't actually been over to...

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Bali Pop Up

Exciting news, people of Reading...we have a new pop-up shop! It's called Bali Pop Up and is in St. Martin's Precinct in Caversham. (That's the main shopping area in the middle of Caversham, for those of us who aren't so hot on official names.) Bali Pop Up has...

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The Harris Arcade

How familiar are you with central Reading's oldest shopping centre? Do you even know where the Harris Arcade is? A surprising number of people don't. Situated in Friar Street, this is the town centre's grand-daddy of shopping malls, with a much richer history and...

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Valentine’s Day

It's February and that means Valentine's Day is nearly upon us! Even if you aren't big into the day itself, we have so many fabulous local businesses on our doorstep, it's worth keeping a few ideas in your back pocket for the next time you want to treat someone, just...

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True Food Co-op

Hello again, not long now until that much-needed January pay day! Continuing my theme of helping you do things a little differently in 2018, (if you so desire, it's not mandatory!) today I'm reminding you about a fabulous shop that's tucked away in Emmer Green. True...

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h by Maia, Natural Skincare

Happy new year, everyone and welcome to 2018! I hope you all had a splendid festive break with friends and family and are ready to give this year everything you've got. In the spirit of usual new year activity, it's likely that a few of you are looking to make...

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Fragrance Workshop at Humos

This is a Guest Post: This week's Independent Reading post comes from guest blogger, Tara Tunstall. She was invited down to Humos, the new aromatherapy fragrance bar in Caversham to try blending her own, signature scent. (You might remember their Joy reed diffuser...

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The IR Guide to Christmas

It's that time of year again; the time of over-thinking what to buy people and pondering just how many drinks you can get away with at the work Christmas bash. To make your life just a teeny, tiny bit easier this year, Independent Reading has put together your guide...

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You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get inside when you walk around quaint old towns full of unique and wonderful shops selling those gorgeous items that you justĀ need to have in your life? Well, take a walk down the Caversham Road and you can recreate that feeling...

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Cuppies ‘n’ Cream

Have you ever sunk your teeth into a cake that was just so perfect you almost didn't want to eat it because then you'd have no more cake to sink your teeth into? Well, let us introduce the fabulous Natalie Dickinson, the genius behind Cuppies 'n' Cream. So...

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Blue Tin Produce

Hiding just outside Caversham in the village of Ipsden is Blue Tin Produce, a family-run farm and farm shop, specialising in free-range rare breed meets. Independent Reading originally stumbled upon the farm by spotting a field of piglets that were just too cute to...

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Georgina’s Vintage Couture

Independent Reading has been fortunate enough to meet the fabulous Georgina, who is the incredibly friendly and outgoing lady behind Georgina's Vintage Couture in the Harris Arcade. Georgina's Vintage Couture stocks a range of vintage and new vintage clothing for men...

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Directory: Shopping

To help you find lots of Reading's fabulous, independent shops in one place, we have pulled together a list you can download and use to help you shop. There's everything from butchers to vinyl included and you can filter the Excel file to find exactly what you need....

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