Shop Stroud Green Christmas Trail 2017
Written by: Tavia Davies
Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do.
Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?
…guys? Guys, where are you going?! Wait, wait there’s freebies involved too!
Knew that would catch you. Stroud Green’s Christmas Trail is coming again, and it’s coming for you. So you’d better dust off your angel wings, polish your halo and practice your heavenly sashay because next weekend will see you gallivanting from the top to the tail of Stroud Green Road and beyond, shopping your heart out, scarfing snacks and having an all-round holly jolly time.
Collect eight stickers from any one of the local businesses, eateries, drinking spots and everything in between on the beautifully designed map by local design studio The Barefaced Movement and you can nab yourself a cheeky free drink, alcoholic or otherwise. Just show your card with all the pretty stickers for some free and drinkable fun.
This year has seen the number of locations almost double in number, which means more freebies for you folks! Expect free Christmas goodies (did we mention they were free?) such as chocolates, GBBO worthy biscuits and adorable handmade decorations scattered across the trail, ready and waiting for you to nab ‘em. Plus, you can even pick up a free hamper bag to carry all your goodies in. Fancy that, eh!
Go forth, my friends. Get stickered, buy some thoughtful gifts, support local and wake up with a handmade Fair Isle pom pom stuffed into your brassiere because you drunkenly thought it would keep you that little bit warmer on the trail.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2017, 12pm – 5pm each day.
For more info contact: email@example.com, 020 7263 5292
List of participating shops (grab a map to find out who’s offering free hamper goodies and/or free drinks):
The World’s End
The Faltering Fullback
Snow White Dry Cleaners
The Deli at 80
Pretty Shiny Shop
New Beacon Books
Davies & Davies Estate Agents
Blossom White Cafe
The Stapleton Tavern
Pizza X Drink
Top – event flyer by Julia at The Barefaced Movement
Photo 1 – Pretty Shiny Shop taken by Michael Barry at The Barefaced Movement
Photo 2 – Stroud Green Drink taken by Michael Barry at The Barefaced Movement
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