The Virtual Old High Street – Folkestone
The Old High Street in Folkestone is a beautiful street of creative shops. Celebrating the best of Kent, and Folkestone’s artists, it is a must visit for Christmas shopping. This year, however, as some shops are classed as non-essential, the street has gone virtual instead. Tim from Objectables, the fantastic card shop at the bottom of the town has created The Old High Street Folkestone website that links to every shop’s selling areas. Essential shops such as Folkestone Wholefoods remain open; Not For Humans are offering a click and collect service for other traders on the street. Folkestone’s Creative Quarter is truly showing it’s community spirit in supporting our local artists and creatives at this time.
The shop might be shut but work still continues. If you need any gifts made by the wonderful local artists that sell in the shop, then these are available via the website. Leah will continue working on commissions and repairs and these can be delivered by arrangement. Hiraeth Creative have the technology to do repairs that would usually be sent to Hatton Garden (the jewellery centre of the UK) by any other jewellers. All workshops are currently postponed, but they will be back when Lockdown eases. Cerys is constantly updating their website so keep an eye out for some great Christmas gifts.
If, in Lockdown 1, you took to sewing then Miss Gingers has the stock you need. All of the material in the shop is available online and new orders are expected in over the next few weeks. If you need matching cotton with your order, mention it in the notes and Miss Ginger will add it free of charge! All orders are packed beautifully with vibrant tissue paper protecting your material, you can receive it by post or click and collect through Not For Humans next door.
If you are on your daily walk as part of regulation exercise, you will see the window displays in Bounce Vintage change over the weeks. Now, if anything takes your fancy, then the website is open for business. Click and collect at the store will be available as well as postal deliveries.
Christmas is coming, and think of all those winter birthdays too. If you can’t see people in person then send them a totally unique card instead. Objectables always entertain with their wit and wicked sense of humour, which is what we need right now. Their shop is available online and the great thing is that you get sent some cards in the post too – however, you’ve ordered them so you know they’re coming!
Moo Like A Monkey
If you are needing to entertain little ones during the winter months then Moo is the place to shop. Their Instagram is good for a laugh too as Charlotte, Nav and the girls show how to navigate a global pandemic with ethical goods. Courier service deliveries, even some deliveries made in person and a fantastic website have helped make 2020 a bit more enjoyable.
The Cake Junction
Zoe Spiers has built up her cake business over the past 11 years to the point where the Beckhams have all their celebration cakes from Zoe! Now, when we can’t have big parties, why not send a bit of cake love to those you can’t see. Life is always better with cake. And buttercream. Order cupcakes for those who are on their own and big cakes for the household to eat (meaning you don’t have to make pudding!). Even though we can’t have parties, we still do have birthdays, and Christmas which always need cakes!
Shane is the longest-standing resident of The Old High Street and his paintings capture the essence of Folkestone. As well as prints, there’s cards and canvas options, printed picnic blankets and hand-painted enamel tableware. Shane is also contactable via his website for commissions.
If you live by the sea then sending someone a little gift from Thalassa is your civic duty. Share the sea with everyone, and the website is up and running! There’s new stock on its way so you will never run out of ideas.
The upcycled Trading Company
Now that we’re back at home for the next few weeks, there might be a project you want to complete. The Upcycled Trading Company is offering click and collect on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Customers can book an hour time slot via the website. Claire sells paints, tools and accessories for upcycling furniture and similar craft projects. Keeping with the sustainable living and interiors theme, there are also locally handmade homeware, gifts and accessories. Claire will be busy upcycling from her studio at home during lockdown and sharing demos on social media.
Not For Humans
Essential dog food, and quality dehydrated raw dog food at that, are on offer during lockdown from Not For Humans. Debbie will be open throughout and sells laser-cut dog tags which are a legal requirement for any dog that leaves the house. Collaborating with R+R Laser jewellery at the top of The Old High Street, your tag will be the envy of all other dogs. Debbie is also the location for click and collect orders from other traders in the street.
The Folkestone Wholefoods shop will be open throughout lockdown offering an alternative to the supermarkets. Freshly baked Docker bread (Tuesday- Saturday), seasonal local vegetables and all the usual quality organic products and household essentials (including flour and toilet paper, of course).
If you find yourself missing your caffeine fix then visit the Steep Street website for cake and coffee bean delivery options. There’s hand-glazed pottery for sale too. You could try recreating the Steep Street feel at home but we know it won’t be quite the same. Roll on open up!
Big Boys Burgers
Stalwartly supplying Folkestone with our hot dog and burger needs, the team will be trialing delivery, and collection from the restaurant Sunday-Friday 5-8 & Saturday 12-3 5-8. There will be more news on this front as Lockdown 2 progresses. Keep in touch with them via their social media and website.
rennies seaside modern
You can browse Rennies’ selection online and get in touch for collection or delivery of your purchases. When you wander down The Old High Street their window displays will be changing regularly. Their eclectic mix of object and ideas are delightfully described as ‘comfy modern’!
Kitty McCall’s homeware shop continues online where you will find everything from cushions, lampshades and prints to fabric, soap and the all important hand sanitiser. Click and collect from the shop or a postal delivery service is available.
For a full list of the shops open on The Virtual Old High Street, visit their website, and help support local creative businesses.