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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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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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Caversham

Caversham

There was a time when Caversham was part of Oxfordshire rather than Berkshire. With its close proximity to Reading, the 'Ding of course became its natural home and we're lucky to count it as part of this wonderful town today. If you're new to the Reading area, you...

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Crunch Comics: Free Comic Book Day

Crunch Comics: Free Comic Book Day

In case you've missed the hype on social media, this Saturday, 4th May (AKA Star Wars Day) is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). This is a worldwide event which holds a special place in the comic calendar. The absolutely, wonderfully, stonking-good news is that our very own...

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Crumb’s the Word

Crumb’s the Word

Welcome to IR's spring “A Day in the Life Of…” series. The first, fabulous entrepreneur that we’ll be spending a day in the life of is Lissy from Crumb’s the Word bakery. You may remember Crumb’s the Word from the IR Christmas gift guide but if not, they operate a...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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epoch3

epoch3

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 just 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

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

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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