Heavy Gretel is a gorgeous arts, gifts and homewares shop in Warwick Street. It's a 'must visit' destination in a buzzing location in the centre of town, bursting with nearby cafes, bars and eateries and flanked with galleries. Hanna is the masterful owner/curator, pulling together jewellery, art, plants, throws, ceramics, candles, cards and quirky items you never knew you needed until you see them. In fact my Independent Worthing desk has no less than 3 items sitting on it right now that I like to have around me while I work! Hanna has a background in jewellery making, design and lecturing...and is really lovely and approachable. Her partner Bob runs Noble Rose tattoo studio upstairs.
We chose Heavy Gretel for this month's shoot, as we think that what Hanna has done with her business is truly inspirational: the shop is a real highlight in Worthing, and Hanna is an absolute pioneer with a passion for supporting local producers and makers, and a fantastic, forward-thinking and fresh energy that both manages to be cool and give you a virtual hug at the same time. She takes a 'conscious consumption' approach - thoughtfulness about the environment, fair trade, slow fashion and a 'shop local' ethos are at the heart of what she's about.
Well done Hanna and Heavy Gretel!
Cuttlebone Photography, AKA Toni, has generously donated her time and talent for these shoots as she too is passionate about celebrating Worthing and our wonderful indies. You can find her on socials and her own website at cuttlebone.co.uk - she has a wealth of experience and skill for any of your photography needs - her work is beautiful - and of course has the Independent Worthing seal of approval!
Heavy Gretel offers 10% off to IW subscribers (20% for plants) and Cuttlebone Photography also offers 10% off. Sign up and access over 60 discounts today at www.independentworthing.co.uk - it costs you less than you will save if you shop local!