In the heart of Hove, 166 Church Road to be precise, nestles a beautiful little home and garden store: Keep It Living. A regular Aladdin’s cave of ceramic plant pots, mirrors, candles and other home furnishings. A perfect place to hunt for Christmas gifts.
Their seasonal bestseller is their luxury sheepskins which start at £95 and come in grey, white and brown. They also restore mid-century furniture including sideboards, dining tables and chairs and chest of drawers for resale.
What does it mean when local people buy your products?
I have had my bricks and mortar shop here for 6 years and pride myself as being part of the local community. A large proportion of my business comes from regular, local customers some of whom have shopped from me since I opened. It feels so special to know that they not only value the shop but continue to support a local independent which there is so much choice out there. I work hard to keep my stock current but also create a unique experience for buyers so when local people enjoy the shop it makes me feel so happy and proud. The high street would be a sad place without our independents!
Fave local shops?
Igigi general store, Unlimited Shop, Fold, Dowse, Spiderplant shop, Nola Boutique
Last order day for Christmas delivery? 18 December but may be able to do home delivery after. Speak to Simone about this.
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