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This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out and support local small businesses. I’ve lived in Birmingham’s city centre for about 15 years and have enjoyed visiting lots of small shops in the city over that time. I’ve teamed up with the founder and ongoing supporter of the initiative, American Express, to show you how I like to shop small not just on Small Business Saturday but all year round in Birmingham.
I like to start with a relaxing class at Yoga Sweat. This hot yoga studio has a range of classes that I enjoy and I find that beginning a day with a visit here makes me feel energised and more productive. The classes are great for all levels of ability, so I can decide how much exertion I feel capable of each time I go!
After exercise, no matter how mild, I like to refuel. York’s Bakery Cafe at Ikon is a wonderful place to grab breakfast or a cake depending on your appetite. I love their brunch menu and the view out of the cafe onto Oozells Square. It’s a peaceful place to enjoy some food away from the crowds of the city on a Saturday.
With breakfast done, I would suggest heading to the Great Western Arcade. The beautiful arcade has many of its original architectural features and is also the location of my favourite day spa in the city centre; At One Day Spa.
I have been going to At One Day Spa for the best part of eight years and have enjoyed so many of their treatments. I find that this family-owned spa offers great service and if you’ve been stressed out recently, then I thoroughly recommend booking in for a signature facial.
After a treatment, prolong the sense of relaxation by taking a walk through the Cathedral Square by St. Philip’s Cathedral, also known as Pigeon Park by locals. Then, to see Birmingham from a different perspective, walk along the canals to Brindley Place and across the cobbles to Ethos.
Ethos Flowers is a tiny florist filled with beautiful bouquets and stems that are sure to brighten your home or cheer a friend. I love the arrangements that Ethos create and often visit to buy gifts for friends and family.
When ready for dinner, I recommend heading to Marmalade. It’s a bistro that caters for a range of dietary requirements with ease and does well to satisfy flexitarians. I feel Marmalade is a hidden gem as it’s located between the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Symphony Hall and could be assumed to be reserved for theatregoers. I can assure you it isn’t and when you visit, do try the hake as it’s delicious.
If you’re after a fun end to the day, be sure to get booked onto a cocktail masterclass at Island Bar. I’ve always enjoyed shaking up something delicious in their Tiki Bar, but alternatively, enjoy the live music and let the bar team do the cocktail making.
End your day with possibly the best cocktails in Birmingham at Bourne and Co. This is my favourite spot for fabulous cocktails whether on a date night with the husband or looking for a great bar to catch up with my friends. This speakeasy-style bar has everything from classic cocktails to their own creations with some tasty garnishes, so I’m certain you’ll find something suitable for your palate.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about some of my favourite small shops in Birmingham. If this has inspired you, visit amexshopsmall.co.uk to find out where you can support small businesses in your area throughout the year and get some further ideas for your festive shopping.
What’s more, if you’re an American Express Cardmember you will be rewarded for supporting your local high street with the Shop Small offer. When you spend £10 or more in a single transaction using your registered American Express Card at a participating small business during the campaign period (2-17 December 2017) you will receive a £5 statement credit. There is no limit to the number of participating businesses you can receive your £5 statement credit from – however, you can only claim it once at each small business. Terms apply.
But the Shop Small offer is just one way that American Express can make every day more rewarding. The range of Cards from American Express are packed with ways to reward you for your purchases*; from Membership Rewards® points that can be used to treat yourself to virtually anything to discounts at top restaurants and hotels, money back on everyday purchases, or collecting frequent flyer miles* – check out the American Express website for more information
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