Back To School: The Best Indies To Help You Prepare
With the new term starting for many next week, we thought we’d put together a round up of Oxfordshire independent businesses that can help you ease into the new academic year. Whether you or your kids are heading back to school, or you just like the energy and motivation the new season brings with it, we’ve got some great ideas to make sure your stationery game is on point, and your home work space is kitted out to inspire you to be your best. >>
A great independent art shop set up as a family owned independent in 1981, Broad Canvas is a great place to head for stationery and art supplies from a rainbow of pens to beautiful paper, and expert service to help you get the most out of your creative projects.
A great way to create a space that feels full of energy and fresh ideas, is to add a house plant or two. Jane at Bicycle Blooms on Magdalen Road has a great selection and can help you pick the right plant for your space.
Brimming with fairtrade homewares and food, Fairtrade at St Michaels is a great place to head to make sure your home office is fit to inspire and motivate you this year.
Shop Manager Daniella says;
I love our business as it is made up of a wonderful set of people who have a heart for Fairtrade whilst having unique skill sets that help to make us who we are – a unique and colourful shop where you can almost always find that special something for yourself or for another, from an interesting part of the world, that comes with a great story. I am grateful for being in the heart of Oxford city centre where there is such a great community of independents. May this community grow!
Never has it been more important to look after yourself, and make sure you are creating a sense of wellbeing in your work space. Indigo on Cowley Road have a great selection of beautiful homewares and stationery to help you make a space that nurtures you.
If you need to stock up on course books and reading material, Sarah and the team at Mostly Books in Abingdon can order in most titles with a quick turn around so you’re ready for the term ahead. The team have been supporting their community by hand delivering books within Abingdon during lockdown. If you’re a bit further afield, check out their online shop.
Another great way of creating a sense of calm in your work space is using essential oils. Oxford Aromatics, based in The Covered Market, sells a range of natural and organic products including essential oils, which are great to use with a diffuser. Create a sense of relaxation with lavender, or feel energised and ready to seize the day with rosemary.
Shop at the Old Fire Station is a great place to find stationery and home office accessories so you can get organised in style.
If you’re heading into Oxford city centre, The Garden of Oxford is also a great place to stock up on beautiful house plants to make your work space bright and fresh.
If you need more inspiration, check out our Independent Oxford Directory, and please do share your back to school indie buys with us on our socials using #indieOxford on Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Rosie xxx