to Village Life Loves ... local events for local business
promoting small, independent business' - like our own.
Village Life Loves is a venture between three lovely (well, we like to think so!) business women based in Hampshire. We are friends first and foremost but we are also business owners and collaborate to organise shopping events designed to help and promote other small, independent and fun local, often rurally-based, businesses, alongside our own creative interests.
enjoying a different way
We each have a passion for small, independent, rural, creative and artistic businesses….and a dream that one day we might even have one of our own! Click on our names above to find out more about us, our stories and what we do now.
We love to shop ourselves (!) and even more we love to shop with friends and meet and buy direct from the business-owner and designer-makers themselves. We are also uniquely aware of the challenges small, often home-based businesses encounter to get themselves ‘out there’ and in front of potential customers, particularly when they are first starting out – and this is where we like to think we can help.
it all started...
In the Autumn of last year, we hosted our first, ticketed, shopping evening. Alongside our own, ten other hand-picked local businesses, artisans and creatives crammed into a cosy village hall and set out their wares. Customers came from Basingstoke town and the surrounding villages, in response to our call to come discover and shop for something different while enjoying a glass of wine and chocolates with friends! A fabulous way to spend a Friday evening.
The detail we noticed most ourselves and which Customers fed back to us afterwards, is that we have all become so used to ordering so much of what we buy online that we have forgotten the rich and enjoyable experience there is to be had from shopping with friends from real makers, direct, in the real world! And so Village Life Loves was born.
loving what we do
We are a not for profit company and we exist to locate and bring together, small perhaps unknown, often rurally-based, quality artists and creative; the truly ‘hand-wrought’, ‘hand-fired’ and ‘hand-made’ designer-makers and independent businesses and give them visibility and an opportunity to ply their wares, alongside our businesses at our shopping events.
loving what we do
If you're shopping for something different, for yourself or a loved one or you're a designer-maker looking for a fun event to attend and new customers? Do get in touch, by completing the form below, we'd love to hear from you!
We look forward to meeting you!
Erika, Lou & Sue