It has been a difficult year for everyone. The community has rallied around each other to keep people safe and it continues to do so.
Local business owners have had it incredibly tough. The day-to-day concern with the pandemic but also the financial uncertainty.
This year will see more Christmas shopping spent online than ever before. But our local businesses need our support more than ever.
Every penny that we spend in our local independent shops is important. This month, we have put together a guide of just some of the shops available in Clydach and hope that as a community, we can look in these local shops before heading online.
We have shown there is an incredible spirit here in Clydach. A community that supports each other and if we can all spend a bit more in our local shops this Christmas then it will make a huge difference. Community Council chairman, Matthew Bailey said:
“Historically when the chips are down in Clydach we have always seen amazing examples of community spirit. With the current pandemic we want to ensure that we can support our local businesses so that they are still there when this virus eventually subsides. I would urge everyone to try and shop local no matter how small your purchase”.
I hope you find this guide useful when you do your Christmas shopping and lets all try and shop Clydach this Christmas.
“Just about everything that a household needs. To list everything would be impossible. 1000s of lines. Everything under one roof. ” Bernard Evans.
“All types of fishing tackle bate clothing for all genres of fishing. Sea, carp, course. Vouchers for xmas. Starter kits for youngsters, adults. Rod repair service. 4000 rods. Reels. All accessories.“ Mark.
A lot is home made from local crafters. Also sell some of our own little bits but most on behalf of local people. Girls from Alltwen makes candles. Gift bags. Hair bows from Clydach. Facemasks, slate drawings. Poppers and Pockets make cushions and aprons, they are from Birchgrove. We have some small toys, Retro wooden toys. A lady in clydach makes crystal wind chimes etc…. A lady from Craig CERN park makes amazing personalised animal drawings. A lot of locally made gifts.
“Movie and comic giftware. We have a nice selection of gifts for this. We also do vouchers, which can be used to eat in or to takeaway with our food and drinks menu. We offer crepes, milkshakes, brownies and cakes from get caked bakehouse which are a Swansea supplier. “
“Lavender Hill is a Ladies boutique. We sell women’s jewellery and clothing. We also have kids items too. Lagenlook clothing, linen, generally one size fashion. An easy presents for someone at Christmas as you don’t have the problem with selecting a size but we have vouchers available too.”
“Home and gift ware. We stock candles, cards, ornaments, home gifts, signs. We have a selection of clothing and jewellery. We have been uploading items to our website which is www.no6hundred.com as we are obviously unaware whether regulations could change and so everything can be available there if it becomes impossible to come into the shop. We hope Café 600 will be back open in the new year. Vouchers are available.”
A small group of local, talented people making beautiful crafts. A selection of our fabulous clothing from Nifty & Co. Fused glass items from bowls to jewellery to art glass. Rustic upcycled furniture from Truly Vintage. Mrs Crafty Dog. Handmade crochet soft toys, baby blankets and gifts by Thread of Heaven. Once In A While, making handcrafted cards, decorations and gifts made from felt, fabric and mdf. A wide selection of locally crafted gifts perfect for Christmas.
“Beautiful quality & unique ornaments & gifts in the heart of the swansea valley. Edge sculpture which are striking pieces originally sculpted from clay, each piece will then be hand cast using marble resin, and then individually hand painted, bringing the finished sculpture to life.. Edge sculpture, terry bradley art, amelia glass, nickel resin sculpture. Mike isaac is the resident artist. His last major exhibition was held at swansea waterfront museum. Mike takes commissions for all subjects; most commissions are worked on from client’s photographs.”
Vouchers, Sports Teams Etc..
Vouchers can be purchased from loads of places in Clydach. Whether a pamper session at one of the beauticians. A haircut. Or eating out at one of our great pubs and restaurants or even one of the takeaways. It is another option for supporting local businesses whilst giving a great gift.
Local sports teams offer their own merchandise. Embroidered polo shirts, jackets, jumpers, coats, hats, scarfs, replica kits etc…. Whether for the 13 year old playing for FC Clydach or the parents who support them on the touchline. Most clubs can be found online, facebook etc…