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Independents Week Celebrates Liverpool’s Homegrown Business

Liverpool is undeniably a force to be reckoned with when it comes to great independent stores, restaurants and bars.

There are hundreds of Liverpool-born independents that are making serious waves and winning over hearts across the city and its regions. There is no end to the products and produce on offer from great Liverpool businesses, whether that be local beers, handmade products, speciality cakes or carefully crafted coffee.

The thriving independent scene has led to one of the most exciting events for independent businesses ever: Independents’ Week.

The seven-day celebration kicks off on Monday 3rd July with many of the city’s vibrant and thriving businesses offering unique and one of a kind offers and events. The whole celebration will cumulate in a never before seen independent takeover of Bold Street – the home of Liverpool independents.

The celebration of our fine independents was initiated by Liverpool BID Company and aims to put a spotlight on the great products that the people of Liverpool create.

Celebrating Bold Street

Bold Street

While events are running throughout the week at Liverpool’s brilliant independent and homegrown stores, shops and restaurants, the real party starts on Sunday 9th July.  A huge festival will take over Bold Street to showcase the talent of Liverpool and the businesses that make the city great.

There’s a farmers market throughout the day, with pop kitchens from the restaurants and bars that call the iconic street home.

If you’re looking for a Liverpool keepsake, there will be arts and crafts stalls with handmade trinkets from local traders.

For the kids, there is entertainment throughout the day too with giant games, Tai Chi demonstrations, street theatre and face painting dotted around the area.

The celebration marks the end of Independents Week and is certain to be unmissable. A trip to Liverpool this weekend just wouldn’t be the same without venturing to the cobbled streets of Liverpool’s home of independents.

Independents Networking Breakfast

On Tuesday 4th July, Liverpool’s independents will gather at Oh Me Oh My on Water Street to celebrate the growth of independent business in Liverpool over a special networking breakfast. It’s aimed at Liverpool’s businesses but everyone is invited along.

So, if you’re thinking of becoming Liverpool’s next entrepreneurial mastermind, register your interest and hear from successful independent business owners who are helping to make Liverpool great. Who knows, next year you could feature in Indpendents Week!

Amazing Offers from Independent Businesses

Throughout Independents Week, several businesses have stepped forward to bring you some great deals to show you just how amazing they are. Take a look at some of the amazing deals on offer at Liverpool’s fab independents.

Food & Drink Offers

Maray

Where: Bold Street

Offer: Express Lunch – £8 or three dishes for £12 served from 12 – 5 Monday – Friday

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Maray pulls together inspiration and experience from all around the world, with chic New York interiors and a speciality for tasty falafel dishes.

The staple of Bold Street cuisine encourages a relaxing and social dining experience, all their plates are designed to be shared and a big, long table that takes centre stage in the restaurant.

The restaurant takes pride is scouring the land for the best local produce and using that to create truly delicious dishes that can’t be missed.

Leaf

Where: Bold Street

Offer: 10% at the tea shop

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If you’re looking for a modern take on the classic tea room, Leaf is definitely the answer to all your problems. The trendy café-cum-restaurant-cum-bar has a hipster vibe with a warm edge, with long benches that are built for sharing, mismatched furniture and modern fittings.

Their vast range of tea beggars belief and their menu is renowned across Liverpool, but when night falls and the lights get dimmed, that’s when Leaf shines.

Regular live music and unique cocktails help to turn Leaf into a must-visit venue on the Liverpool nightlife scene.

Chicha

Where: Bold Street

Offer: Two courses with a bottle of wine £19.50 per person or £16.50 if paid with Liverpool Local Pound

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Chicha boasts itself as the only Peruvian restaurant in the whole of Liverpool and with an atmosphere, venue and menu as good as this, who needs any more?

Pure South American cuisine is the dish of the day every day here and Chicha’s traditional Peruvian dishes are delicious.

There are cocktails aplenty here too, with a heavy focus on Peru’s signature brandy ‘Pisco’. So whether you’re eating, drinking or just exploring, try out Chicha for authentic South American food.

El Mexicana

Where: Bold Street

Offer: Summer Salad meal deal for £6.49

El Mexicana restaurant at Liverpool Independents Week
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El Mexicana is all about bringing fresh and authentic Mexican food to the people of Liverpool, and it’s something they do exceptionally well.

From burritos to nachos to tacos, this quintessential Mexican food is great at any time a day. For Liverpool Independents’ Week, they’re offering a Summer Salad meal deal, which includes a regular salad, sweet potato fries and a drink for just £6.49

Head to the hub of independents on Bold Street to get a taste of Mexican life at El Mexicana.

Johnny English Fish and Chips

Where: Bold Street

Offer: Small fish dinner and drink, £4.95 for pensioners, 3rd – 5th July and 10% student discount 3rd – 6th July

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Johnny English Fish and Chips may just be the greatest fish and chips on Merseyside. All homemade with all the chippy classics such as fish and chips, steak puddings and old school, homemade mushy peas.

The family run restaurant shows us that fish and chips aren’t just for the seaside and fighting off seagulls with a stylish sitting in area and a great, friendly atmosphere.

There’s no compromise on the traditional though, you’ll still get the all important newspaper wrapping and classic chippy plastic fork. This is fish and chips done the right way.

Ziferblat

Where: St Paul’s Square

Offer: 2 for 1 on coworking day caps

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While Ziferblat may not have been founded in Liverpool, it was designed by a Muscovite to be an ‘anti-café’ and has proven popular on the streets of Liverpool.

The idea was to creat new kind of social space, where guests pay for the time they spend in the café rather than for the food and drink they consume. That’s right, all food and drink is free, you just have to pay eight pence per minute to stay there.

The Ziferblat in St Paul’s Square is joining the horde of Liverpool independents next week to offer 2 for 1 on coworking day caps, which, of course, includes unlimited, free food and drink.

Love Thy Neighbour

Where: Bold Street

Offer: 2 for £12 on premium cocktails

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Diving into the new-age concept of organic and clean living, Love Thy Neighbour fits right in on Bold Street’s trendy cobbles.

There are veggi and vegan options galore on this carefully crafted menu, as well as speciality cocktails and superfood smoothies. There really is something for everyone, whether that be someone looking for a coffee-shop workplace, a tasty restaurant or a night out destination.

Love Thy Neighbour is located in the heart of Bold Street and is fast becoming a firm fixture on the street’s consistently thriving scene.

Look out for their trendy artwork both inside and out, and their Instagram-worthy mural dedicated to avocado.

Wake & Cate

Where: Tarleton Street

Offer: Coffee & cake for £4.95

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For a cute patisserie-style eatery, head to Wake & Cate to celebrate Liverpool’s wonderful independents. The restaurant is styled on upmarket delicatessens from across Europe and it shows in the beautifully designed eating area and minimalist but intricate deli food.

There’s homemade macaroons, savoury pastries and light bites, but the real gems are the daily cakes and sumptuous coffees.

Luckily, that’s what’s on offer during Independents’ Week, grab a slice of cake of the day and a barista style coffee for just £4.95.

Shopping Offers

The Language House

Where: Whitechapel

Offer: 20% off any private tuition pack for French and Spanish

If you’re looking to brush up on your language skills or dive into a new culture, The Language House is one of Liverpool’s best language schools. Specialising in French and Spanish as a foreign language, the Liverpool-born school can help you pick up a new skill just in time for your summer holiday.

Dot-Art

Where: Queen Avenue

Offer: 10% original artwork or limited edition print, 3rd-8th July

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Dot Art is a champion of celebrating local artists and encouraging the appreciation of art as a vital necessity in everyday life. There are tonnes of local and affordable art up for grabs in the city centre gallery. Supporting local people is the heart of Independents’ Week and it’s not all about food and drink, show some local artists a little love and get involved in the creative community.

Matta’s International Foods

Where: Bold Street

Event: Food testers all week

Matta’s is an incredible international supermarket that brings authentic cuisine and ingredients from around the world to the streets of Liverpool. We are proud to be a strong, multicultural city and places like Matta’s really help to bring everyone together. What better way to do that than with food? Pop into their Bold Street store to have a taste of some of their exotic offerings. Who knows, you may be inspired to create a delightful, international dish!

News From Nowhere

Where: Bold Street

Offer: 10% discount for Independent Liverpool card holder and all trade unionists

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Where would Liverpool be without News From Nowhere? The alternative bookstore has been supplying the people of our city with interesting and non-mainstream literature since 1974 and it is one of the longest lasting and well-loved independents. It’s not all about books though, News From Nowhere is a hub for social justice activities, with activists, spiritualist and Liverpool pride all finding solace within the bookshop’s walls.

Boudoir Boutique

Where: Cavern Walks

Offer: 10% off all in-store purchases

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Boudoir Boutique has its home in Cavern Walks in the city centre, a mecca for all fashion enthusiasts looking for something a little different from the big-name high street stores. From fashion to gifts to furniture, there is so many beautiful things up for grabs. Make your life beautiful and drop in for a visit during Independents Week.

Voodou

Where: Bold Street

Offer: 20% for new clients, 3rd-8th July

Voodou has been a staple of the hair salon scene in Liverpool for over 40 years, keeping up with trends and always updating to keep with their modern and fresh vibe. There are specialist salons for men and women with stylists that are the cream of the crop. You’ll never leave Voodou suffering from a bad hair day.

Vogue Hair & Beauty Lounge

Where: Old Hall Street

Offer: Half price blow dry, 4th – 7th July

The ladies of Liverpool love a good curly blow and Vogue Hair and Beauty are a champion of getting it just right. The salon is perfect for Liverpool’s thriving hen party scene and the Liverpool-born business is great for getting girls ready for an unforgettable night.

Lili Bizarre

Where: Tarleton Street

Offer: 15% discount on purchases

Lili Bizarre at Liverpool Independents Week
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We know that everyone in Liverpool loves an excuse to dress up in fancy dress and for Independents’ Week, Lili Bizarre is helping you do just that! The premiere stockists of the best costumes and dress up are offering a discount on all purchases throughout the store. Stock up on your pirate, nurse, superhero, 70s glam and other hilarious costumes ready for an unforgettable night in Liverpool.

Whisc

Where: Bold Street

Event: Mental Health drop in, with lend an ear sessions, Tai Chi and Yoga

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The Women’s Health Information and Support Centre has been helping the women of Liverpool for over 30 years. Their free services are vital in Liverpool and they deserve endless support for the amazing work that they do. Drop in to find out more about the confidential services they offer or take part in their Tai Chi and Yoga relaxation session.

There’s something for everyone all next week across the entire city. The people of Liverpool love our city and the homegrown businesses are a big part of what makes us so proud to live in the greatest city in the world. Support your local neighbours and visit your nearest independent to help keep Liverpool’s thriving local scene as exciting as it is today. Not sure where to visit? Read more about the uprise of Liverpool’s independents here.

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About Hannah Rogers

Hannah is a journalism graduate with a keen interest in all things travel, food, and culture. If it involves adventure, chocolate, or finding something new in the city, she'll be there to tell you all about it.

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