The People Shop

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On a warm day in July Anna, Natasha from Candy Pop and I headed up the M40 to Kings Heath in Birmingham to visit the fabulous Allison Sadler, the super talented Christian Sadler and the creative genius behind Fall for DIY, Fran Stone. We had a lovely day looking at all the gorgeous things in The People Shop, drinking tea, popping out for lunch, and of course talking all things indie. Allison is a great advocate for indies and creatives, and with Mr C, has run The People Shop for over 15 years. They know all there is to know about setting up shop, designing and making your own range, and the importance of community. We wanted to reach out to Allison here at Indie Oxford as we are always keen to increase our indie network both in the city and further afield to include lots of inspirational and passionate people on our indie journey.

The People Shop

The People Shop is a gem of an indie full of interesting gifts and homewares, plus Christian’s beautiful handmade clothing collection. It’s definitely worth a visit!

The People Shop - Allison Sadler

Allison Sadler | Anna Munday | Natasha Denness | Rosie Jacobs | Fran Stone

Something that we hold dear at Indie Oxford is our wonderful community of independents that are passionate about what they do, and value the importance of working together and collaborating with other businesses. Both Allison and Fran have started creative community projects. Fran’s new project, We Make Collective, sees her collaborate with other creatives to make monthly subscription DIY craft boxes.

Anna in The People Shop

The People Shop display


The People Shop

We all need a retreat sometimes
Allisons office

We met Allison at Blogtacular in July, where she was offering free mentoring taster sessions as part of the Creative Genius Bar. The sessions that she offers at the shop provide a wonderful service for indies, and her mentoring space at the back of the shop is perfect for inspiring and encouraging creative businesses; plus you’ll go away feeling motivated and fizzing with energy just from spending a few hours with Allison!

Allisons office

Allisons office

You can find more about Allison’s mentoring sessions here.


We also took some time to explore the area and the beautiful Honest Skincare & Apothecary shop drew us in with deep verdant scents and it’s beautifully simple store lay out. It’s a great space to shop, and their treatments rooms mean you can relax and try out some of their products too.




It was so great to explore a new place and see the positive impact that community and collaboration has on indie businesses, both in physical stores and online. If you would like to join our indie community, why not pop along to one of our business meet up evenings, or come along to the Oxford instameet to hook up with a great bunch of creative instagrammers! You can find all our events here.

See you soon!

Rosie xxx


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