If you followed the Whip and Loli trail, we’re sure you'll have discovered all the wonderful businesses along the way! But, for those who haven't, we have put together a little business spotlight for both towns; an opportunity to highlight just a few of the businesses hosting Whip or Loli in their windows this summer.

Smiggle

Tell us a little bit about Smiggle and what you offer?

We are Smiggle! We were founded in Australia in 2003 and migrated over to the UK. If you come into our store, you will see our colorful ranges of bags, pencil cases, lunchboxes, water bottles and much much more!

What are you guys doing that’s extra special, any offers, activities etc?

During the summer, we have been running many promotions and also our Diana Award kindness pledge, in which you can win a £100 Smiggle gift card for yourself and an anti-bullying workshop for your school.


Bamb Bomb Boom 

Tell us a little bit about Bamb Bomb Boom and what you offer?

We at Bath Bomb Boom offer unique, handmade and high quality bath bombs, soap bars, soap infused sponges, whipped soaps & scrubs, candles, wax melts and much more.

What are you looking forward to this summer in Ashford & Tenterden?

We are looking really forward to being able to provide Ashford locals with a new place to visit this summer. A unique experience that we have brought to Ashford town centre. We also look forward to the winter months, when it’s cold outside, you're soaking in the tub with your bath bomb infused water, with your whipped soap you’ll be transported to a world of relaxation with our products.

Made in Ashford

Tell us a little bit about Made in Ashford and what you offer?

Made in Ashford is a base for creative businesses in Kent to sell their creations in a bricks & mortar shop or with us online. We have been running our collective collaborative shop, Made in Ashford since 2015. Here you can find handmade & locally designed goodies in a fun, welcoming and inclusive space.

Launching now is The Craftship, the newest addition to the fleet - our creative hub. This space will hold creativity in different forms through a dynamic series of workshops, pop up galleries and community groups. We are supporting & supported by our community of creatives & businesses helping them to fly.

Our shop & social enterprise works very closely with Ashford Borough Council and the Love Ashford team to support local creative businesses and creativity in the community. Find us in Park Mall.

What are you guys doing that’s extra special, any offers, activities etc?

We have been running a series of FREE craft sessions in the Craftship. Supporting creativity in our community and the artists who are running these activities.

 

The Beehive

Tell us a little bit about Made in Ashford and what you offer?

The Beehive is a second hand women’s clothing boutique and cafe in Ashford Town centre. We aim to make everyone welcomed, valued and that they matter. We support local women by providing them with a personal shopper experience and everything they pick is free.

What are you guys doing this that’s extra special, any offers, activities etc?

For the first time this summer we have launched some amazing ice coffees and smoothies, much tastier than high street chains and a whole lot more affordable as well. We have also launched a new membership scheme where you can earn points, get special discounts and early bird tickets to events.

 

Macknade, Ashford

Tell us a little bit about Macknade and what you offer?

Macknade creates spaces and experiences that bring communities together around a shared love of food & drink. Encompassing retail, hospitality, events, food service and farming, the Macknade brand has been synonymous with quality and community since 1847. With strong roots in the garden of England and the island of Ischia in Italy, Macknade is on a mission to bring producers, suppliers and consumers closer together in true community spirit.

What are you guys doing that’s extra special, any offers, activities etc?

We’re super excited to be bringing back late nights at Ashford!  From Thursday 26th August, we’ll be open late until 10pm every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night for dinner, drinks and a spot of late night shopping.  There’ll be live music on Thursday nights and Free Corkage Fridays are set to return too.

What are you looking forward to doing in Ashford & Tenterden?

Bringing live music and opening later are definite highlights for us this summer, as is the introduction of our early evening menu, over Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 5 – 7pm 5pm – 7pm, where you can enjoy a large plate and a drink for £12 or a large plate, a drink and a dessert for £16.  Perfect for a pre cinema date, or for families with hungry kids in town!

Find out more: https://macknade.com/event/live-music-thursdays/


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