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Chorlton Traders News – November-December

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A very Chorlton Christmas

Christmas shopping… traffic tailbacks, stress, queues of bad-tempered strangers and indifferent, exhausted shop assistants. Er… nope, not here!

Chorlton’s home of the quirky invidivual – and the quirky, invididual gift – with artisan makers and bakers, creative artists and craftspeople. And this is arguably the foodiest part of town too – a great place to come for high quality produce, whether that’s free-range meat, organic veg, gorgeous continental imports, or decadent cakes, chocolates and other treats. Can’t choose? We thought of that….

Chorlton Gift Vouchers

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Show your love for this town of ours with the perfect gift and keep Chorlton money where it belongs: we all profit when we’ve a lively local economy. Available in £10 denominations,the vouchers can be spent with all businesses on the Chorlton Map right up until 31 December 2017. Get yours from the Celebration Party Shop; Epicerie Ludo, McQueen Independent,Love Lucy Boutique, Head over Heels,the Make It Shop, Unicorn or Elliots. Or you can buy online here.

Getting carried away

We’re down to the last of our limited edition So Chorlton cotton bags. At just £2.99, they’re a bargain handy foldaway. Every penny raised has, and will, go to maintaining Chorlton’s flowers – the community garden by the library, beds by the Precinct, planters, herbs, boxes and bike racks. Help Chorlton grow – buy yours from Chorlton Art Market Hub, Elliotts, Chorlton Bookshop, Epicerie Ludo or online – but be quick!

Tag! cards are back

Small Business Saturday (3 December) sees the launch of the 2017 TAG! Cards – the little card that offers big local deals and discounts. For just £5, there’s a year’s worth of savings to be had – if you shop local, that is. Pick yours up wherever you see the logo or visit tagpassiton.com

Shop windows

If you’re a trader with premises in Chorlton, grab your glitter, sprinkle a bit of sparkle in your windows and enter the Civic Society’s Christmas shop window competition. Judging takes place in the week commencing 5 December. And if your favourite shop, bar or cafe isn’t entering into the festive spirit with a wonderful window, have a word. Let’s feel festive.

Share the love

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We all need a bit of love in our lives, especially at this time of year. Whatever your relationship status, it’s time to love where you live – because it will love you back.

Money spent locally stays local. It supports lively high streets and district centres. It improves consumer choice and provides local jobs and training. Local prosperity means better house prices, good schools and increased inward investment.

Buy everything from chains and supermarkets and your money most likely clears off to drink cocktails in some sort of off-shore non-dom tax haven. It won’t even send you a postcard, let alone come back and visit.

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Happy New Year, Chorlton

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A huge thank you to everyone who kept it Chorlton this Christmas, buying bags and gift vouchers, shopping on our high streets and supporting our local economy all year.

That said, Chorlton is for life, not just for Christmas. Chorlton Gift Vouchers are still on sale and valid all year. You may not need birthday presents, bedding plants and ice cream right now, but when the time comes, the vouchers will still be there for you. Buy from: Celebration Party Shop, Elliotts, Epicerie Ludo, Love Lucy Boutique, The Make It Shop, McQueen Independent and Unicorn.

Another must-have for all seasons is the TAG! PassItOn Card, which gives exclusive local offers. It’s good for the everyday practical things, as well as a free treat now and then. Find out more at www.tagpassiton.co.uk, buy a card from shops displaying the TAG! logo or buy online

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It’s beginning to look a lot like …

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We know it’s still only November, but here at Chorlton Traders, we’ve been thinking about Christmas for a long time. It’s our favourite time of year – everywhere’s lit up and everyone’s in a good mood (if they’re not too stressed and overwhelmed by it all). Christmas takes a lot of preparation and planning, which is usually done by our members working voluntarily. We’d like to thank them for all they do to help Chorlton be a nicer place for us all.

Talking of which….

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September update

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We know where you live

The Chorlton Map is here! Pick one up in pretty much any shop, bar, cafe or library. You may think you don’t need it because you live here, but think again. The map’s a great reminder of all the wonderful and tasty things on offer here in M21: you may find something you never knew about, or feel encouraged to try something different. You can also see which traders offer exclusive deals and discounts to TAG! card holders and save yourself a Chorlton pound or two. 30,000 maps have been printed, some are for Chorltonians; others will make their way out to other parts of town and beyond; promoting our area as a great place to shop, play and visit. We’ll also be putting large maps at key points around the centre as a handy guide for visitors.

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May’s update

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Chorlton’s big party 

There’s always something creative happening in Chorlton, but it’s in May that the party really gets started with Chorlton Arts Festival. We’re proud to be an official Festival Partner and that so many of our members help make it happen through staging events, supplying a venue and so much more. We love the way the festival brings visitors into Chorlton, as well as being a celebration of, and for, everyone who lives and works here. We’d like to say a huge thank you to festival director Ella and her team of volunteers, to the performers and the contributors – you all do us proud.

Want to get the most out of Chorlton? 

You’ll need a map… 

As we speak, the new Chorlton Map is shaping up beautifully. More than 75 local businesses are featured, alongside community organisations, churches and other landmarks. Chorlton artist Anna Violet has been creating bespoke illustrations of selected members, some of which you can see here. The map is designed to attract visitors and promote Chorlton as a destination for shopping, nightlife and culture. It’s also designed to help residents discover things they may not have even known about. The map should find its way into shops, libraries, cafes and all sorts of other places from June.

…and the local currency 

While we don’t have a Chorlton Pound (yet), we do have the TAG Pass It On scheme – the card which rewards your loyalty. For just five (ordinary British) pounds, you’ll get deals and discounts with loads of local traders. Whether you’ve got dresses, diamonds or daffodils on your shopping list, TAG gets you some cheeky discounts and even a freebie here and there. It’s all designed to encourage you to shop local and keep Chorlton interesting, which benefits everyone. New TAG members offering exclusive discounts include the Bosu Body Bar, Love Lucy, Bike Barn and Grays Larder.

Pick up a card in shops displaying the TAG logo. It’s valid for the whole of 2015 and if you shop local, it pays for itself in no time at all. We have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to go into town….