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#bedfordindies: St Cuthbert’s Arcade to launch

26 St Cuthbert’s Street, Bedford MK40 3JG The excitement is mounting as 1 June sees the launch of St Cuthbert’s Arcade, a unique one-stop-shop of 18 independent small businesses all under one roof – and we can’t wait! Following extensive renovations and repairs, the building work is now complete and the new tenants are beginning…


Unique Bedford: George James Bridal

8 -12 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QA  tel: 01234 353275 The multi-award winning boutique, George James Bridal is owned by Nicola Weeks and you would be hard-pressed to find someone better suited to their job. Nicola is quite honestly the friendliest and most empathetic person I have ever met; genuinely interested in other people…


Our (even bigger) Christmas gift guide

We know it’s tempting to lounge on the sofa with a Toblerone and do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon while watching Gogglebox, but there really is nothing like actually going into shops, talking to the lovely shopkeepers and supporting local independent retailers.  We’ve spent a lot of time in Bedford’s shops whilst compiling the…


Unique Bedford: The Vintage Suit Hire Company

On Saturday 17th December, the Vintage Suit Hire Company took up residence at 24 Castle Lane – and it’s like they’ve always been there. The building (formerly Animal Studio and Gallery) has been transformed by VSHC owners,  Tom and Jessica Answer into the perfect gentlemen’s outfitters (including a bar) and is a welcome addition to  Bedford’s cultural quarter….


The Barber Cave

Brothers-in-law Steve Curd and Rob Acheson have recently transformed a neglected unit on Roff Avenue into a thriving barber shop. Originally from London, Steve has been barbering in Northamptonshire for the last 10 years. While Rob has lived in Bedford for 15 years, Steve has recently located here and inspired the duo to open a…


The Vintage Suit Hire Company

Sometimes even we are blown away by the brilliance of Bedfordians. Take the new business, the Vintage Suit Hire Company. Set up by local husband & wife duo Tom & Jessica, it offers vintage style suits for wedding hire (or a made to measure service if you want a keeper).   The couple were inspired…

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