9 Oxford Indie Stories From 2020

 In Inspiration

This year, we have captured stories from indies and organisations from across Oxford, to find out how they have coped with the pandemic, and all that 2020 has thrown at them, as well as hearing how they started, and their hopes for the future.

These stories mean that you can find out more about the history and people behind some of Oxford’s best loved independent businesses and famous landmarks.

Here are some of the inspiring stories from Oxford that document this unprecedented time >>

Shop at the Old Fire Station

A cheerful, cheeky and colourful lifestyle shop. The Shop at the Old Fire Station sell quirky, feel-good gifts including jewellery, homewares, textiles, prints and stationery. All their goods are designed or made by UK indie designer-makers or small businesses. Shop Manager Harriet shares their story…

The Oxford Wine Company

The Oxford Wine Company is an independent, family-run wine merchant with over 25 years’ experience. They have one shop in Standlake and three in Oxford – on Botley Road, Turl Street and Little Clarendon Street. Marketing Manager Becka talks about the importance of community…

The Missing Bean

The Missing Bean is an independently owned and run espresso bar, set up to bring artisan Antipodean style coffee and a laid back cafe atmosphere to the heart of Oxford. Set up in Autumn 2009 by Ori and Vicky, who had just returned from Sydney, the Missing Bean quickly established a reputation for great coffee with a relaxed and friendly environment. Owner Ori tells their tale…

Face Oxford

Face Oxford is an aesthetic clinic, providing exceptional service in the centre of Oxford, delivered by experienced nurse, Kat. Kat works with you to understand your goals and to help you improve your self-image and confidence by treating, enhancing and restoring your skin and body. She provides a professional, caring service and is committed to providing excellence in all treatments and services. Kat shares how the pandemic has impacted the business this year…

Horsebox Coffee

Horsebox Coffee Co. is a small, independent coffee roastery based on a quiet working farm in South Oxfordshire. Owner Emily sources carefully and sustainably cultivated green coffee, through a transparent and ethical supply chain. She expertly roasts in small batches using the latest technology to consistently bring out the full flavour of each coffee. Emily talks about her passion for coffee…


The Market Cellar Door

The Market Cellar Door is a tiny ‘Hybrid’ wine shop and wine bar in Oxford’s Covered Market. They sell over 200 wines from around the world, including organic, low intervention and English wines, alongside the classics. Owner Luciana shares her passion for The Covered Market community…

Fairtrade at St Michaels

Fairtrade at St Michaels was the first shop in Oxford to offer a high quality range of fairly traded goods from across the globe, safe in the knowledge that our friends in the developing world are being advantaged and the environment is being honoured. They also pride themselves on great customer service and on being kind to the planet. Shop Manager Daniella talks about history of the shop…

The Oxford Castle

Debbie Dance, Director of the Oxford Preservation Trust talks about her involvement with Oxford Castle, why it’s heritage is so important. and whether it is actually haunted!..


The Story Museum

The Story Museum is an immersive experience, where, through multi-sensory exhibitions and activities, great stories are shared and celebrated. Listen to Caroline Jones, Museum Director and CEO of The Story Museum to find out more about this magical space…

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