Rowdy grannies, ghetto-blasting Santas and an Elton John lookalike with a moving piano all converged on St Giles Street to boost Northampton’s Christmas celebrations.The event, organised by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), saw shoppers treated to performances by singer Millie Stevenson and The Old Savoy jazz band while a stilt-walking ice queen, the Elvish Presleys and Musical Ruth all added to the feelgood festive fun.The inaugural ‘Festive Celebration in the Cultural Quarter’ saw St Giles Street closed off to traffic for the day, allowing performers to mingle with shoppers as they supported independent retailers on Small Business Saturday.Mark...

Small Business Minister Kevin Hollinrake has urged everyone to go out and support their local small businesses this Small Business Saturday [02/12/2023].Small Business Saturday is an initiative which encourages consumers to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities and it falls on the first Saturday of December.In a call to action the Minister said: "I urge everyone to join me in supporting our local small businesses this Small Business Saturday. The best support we can give them is to shop local this festive season." "Every penny spent at your local small business is an investment in your community." Prime Minister...

Nestled within the vibrant streets of Raunds, Northants, stands a culinary treasure trove known far and wide as Raunds Fish Bar. For an impressive 34 years, this establishment has been more than a mere fish & chip shop—it's a testament to dedication, innovation, and a commitment to redefining traditional takeout fare.Under the guidance of the owner, Steve Vasiliou, Raunds Fish Bar has evolved into a gastronomic haven offering an expansive menu that transcends expectations. While the heart of the menu remains anchored in the timeless allure of fish & chips, it's the kaleidoscope of flavours within their kebabs, pizzas, and...

Nestled in the heart of Wellingborough, Wine Chateau stands as the premier haven for wine enthusiasts, a sanctuary curated by Constantin and Cristina. Over two years, their dedication has sculpted a distinguished establishment that offers an eclectic array of exquisite wines, particularly from the renowned vineyards of Moldova.Wine Chateau isn't merely a shop; it's an experience meticulously designed for both connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of wines. Constantin and Cristina take pride in curating a selection that embodies the distinct essence of Moldovan terroirs. Whether you seek a bold red, a crisp white, or the effervescence of sparking wines,...

For 42 years, Jeyes of Earls Barton has stood as a beacon of warmth and wonder, inviting visitors into a realm of gifts, homewares, and local treasures that reflect the heart of Northamptonshire. Anchored by the Jeyes family’s unwavering commitment, this family-run establishment isn't just a shop—it's an experience waiting to unfold.The shelves at Jeyes are a treasure trove, adorned with carefully curated gifts, toys, and homewares for every member of the family. The hamper bar brims with the essence of Northamptonshire, featuring locally sourced produce that proudly carries the 'Made In Northamptonshire' label—a testament to their dedication to supporting...

Tucked away in the charming town of Burton Latimer lies a true gem—The Sugar Barn, proudly holding the title of Northamptonshire's smallest traditional sweetshop. For the past nine years, Karen, the visionary owner, has curated a wonderland of confectionery, boasting an extensive array of sweets that adorn every nook and cranny, floor to ceiling, wall to wall.This delightful haven caters to every sweet tooth imaginable, offering a plethora of choices—boiled, fizzy, jelly, bonbons, toffees, and a multitude of specialty candies, including sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and halal options. From nostalgic family favourites to novelty sweets that spark joy, The...

Rushden, a quaint town nestled in Northamptonshire, boasts a hidden gem for thrill-seekers and puzzle enthusiasts alike: Rushden Escape Rooms. Owned and led by the visionary Ruth Curtis, this immersive escape room complex has swiftly become a hotspot since Ruth took over the business in August 2023.Offering a repertoire of exhilarating escape room experiences, Ruth's brainchild caters to everyone, from close-knit friend groups seeking an adrenaline rush to corporate teams craving a unique bonding experience. What sets Rushden Escape Rooms apart is its versatility in accommodating diverse groups, ranging from casual family outings to meticulously planned team-building events.Upon stepping into...

Nestled along Thrapston High Street, Jollys Toys stands as a beacon of delight, offering a treasure trove of toys, games, and gifts that cater to every age from babies to teens. Celebrating a decade of enchanting existence, this quaint yet vibrant toy shop brings forth a magical experience rarely found in larger stores.At Jollys Toys, customers can discover an array of whimsical treasures sourced with care, presenting an assortment that diverges from the mainstream. From classic toys to unique finds, each item carries a touch of magic, carefully selected to delight and surprise.However, Jollys Toys isn't confined to the market...

In the bustling heart of Daventry stands The Barber Shed, a haven where scissors meet storytelling, helmed by the spirited entrepreneur Joanne Diprose and joined by her team.Stepping into The Barber Shed, customers aren't just greeted with the promise of a haircut. Joanne and her dedicated team extend a warm, professional welcome, fostering an environment that resonates with a sense of belonging. Their expertise spans all facets of barbering, catering to customers of all ages. But it's not just their adept skills that draw admiration; it's their ethos of exceptional service that has earned them accolades, including two business awards...

Cafe Track isn't your typical cafe; it's a bustling hub pulsating with community support and empowerment, proudly helmed by Thomas Cliffe. More than just a spot for fantastic food and beverages, Cafe Track stands as a beacon, empowering autistic adults by providing them with pathways to meaningful employment.Since its inception in 2018, Cafe Track has been a catalyst for change, facilitating employment for over 100 autistic adults while enlightening 200 businesses about creating autism-friendly workplaces. It's more than a business; it's a sanctuary celebrating individuality, priding itself on tailoring services to cater to each customer's unique needs.Stepping into Cafe Track...

Tucked away on the outskirts of Kettering is Print N Go, a buzzing spot curated by Jo and Nick Gamble, offering a whole range of printing solutions. With seven years of dedicated service to the community, Jo and Nick's Print N Go stands tall as the ultimate one-stop print shop catering to all needs.Print N Go takes pride in being the go-to spot for all printing needs. From signs to promotional goodies, leaflets to posters, and even high-visibility workwear printing, they've got you covered. Plus, they've got a bunch of workwear and casual clothing on offer, and they're pros at...