The impact of Coronavirus has meant we have all stayed a lot more local this year. With travel restricted and exotic holidays off the plan, we’ve all had a great opportunity to realise just how much Wales has to offer and how important our local towns are.
Christmas is the perfect occasion to support local businesses who have had a difficult time through the summer and autumn, but offer such a wide range of local and unique gifts for the festive season. Our corner of the world is really lucky to have a wide selection of locally-owned shops, making our local high-streets distinctive and attractive.
In Abergavenny the newly-designated Frogmore Street independent quarter has a host of small shops, some of which have sprung up in the middle of this covid summer.
Just along the road, long-time favourite destination for the southeast of Wales, Crickhowell is famous for its independent businesses. Some source local and sustainable produce, like Cashells, Richards and Natural Weigh, while other proprietors use their discerning eye to pick out objects you don’t find on every high street.
Jason Bates of the local group Yes Cymru Y Fenni (Abergavenny) says “With polls showing sustained growth in support for a self-reliant Wales, there’s never been a better time to support your local economy and help local businesses thrive. When thinking about your Christmas shopping, remember our highstreets are vibrant and full of independently minded entrepreneurs – do your bit to celebrate and promote Welsh independent retailers this year”.