Portishead SoleLution to feature in Small Biz 100 campaign on October 4 - North Somerset Times

Portishead SoleLution to feature in Small Biz 100 campaign on October 4 - North Somerset Times


Portishead SoleLution to feature in Small Biz 100 campaign on October 4 - North Somerset Times

Posted: 24 Sep 2020 04:00 AM PDT

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 September 2020

Tanya Marriott of SoleLution in Portishead High Street.Picture: Tracey Fowler

Tanya Marriott of SoleLution in Portishead High Street.Picture: Tracey Fowler

Tracey Fowler

A Portishead company is featuring in a national, grassroots campaign which highlights small businesses in the UK next week.

SoleLution in Portishead High Street.Picture: Tracey FowlerSoleLution in Portishead High Street.Picture: Tracey Fowler

SoleLution family footwear, in Portishead High Street, will be part of this year's Small Biz 100, which showcases 100 companies in 100 days in the run-up to Small Business Saturday on December 5.

The campaign aims to support a range of small, community-driven businesses across the UK, especially during the coronavirus crisis this year.

SoleLution, which also has a shop in Clifton Village in Bristol, first opened its doors in Portishead High Street in October, 2005.

Owner, Tanya Marriott, provides a dementia-friendly service at the store and also organises activities in the community including the town's annual Easter trail treasure hunt, as well as bringing local schools together with an education provider in Kenya.

SoleLution's day in the spotlight will be on October 4.

Tanya said: "Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, aimed to encourage consumers to shop local and support small, independent businesses.

"I am very proud to be part of the Small Biz 100, it was quite a surprise to find that we were one of only 100 to be selected in the country. It's fantastic to be a part of something that recognises and highlights the important role that small, local businesses play in the community."

Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday has grown each year, with a record turnout of 17.6million people choosing to shop small on December 5 last year, generating an estimated £800m to the UK economy.

Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens, said: "Congratulations to SoleLution for making the Small Biz 100. This campaign highlights the amazing, positive impact small firms have on communities across the UK. Given the phenomenally tough time small businesses have had and the role they played supporting communities in lockdown,

"it's vital we continue to support them as this crisis continues.

"This year's Small Business Saturday is going to be the most important one yet, and were determined it will be the best."


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Support small businesses at 5th annual Selby Stroll - KARE11.com

Posted: 25 Sep 2020 12:47 AM PDT

St. Paul's fifth annual Selby Stroll is happening Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ST PAUL, Minnesota — It's been a hard time for small business owners. From retail to restaurants, the pandemic has changed how businesses operate. 

All day Saturday, the community is coming together to support small businesses during the fifth annual Selby Stroll in St. Paul. 

The stroll covers the shops and businesses on Selby Avenue, from Fairview to Saratoga, along with those on Snelling north and south of the crossing with Selby. 

"We really love it when everyone gets together to do events like this. It gives all of us a boost," said Audrey Matson, owner of Egg|Plant Urban Farm Supply

While they've had to pivot with the pandemic, the garden center and farm store has stayed busy this year. 

"We have seen definitely a lot of people really interested in growing, a lot more gardening, growing their own food," Matson said. 

Tennis On Selby — a specialty tennis retailer — has also seen more interest in the sport since COVID-19. 

"The spring was a little frightening with everything closed down and the boys' tennis season was cancelled. But now everybody is coming out to play tennis, bringing out their 20-year-old racquets to be restrung and regripped. Just hoping for a long, sunny, warm fall so people can continue playing outside," said Deb Irvine, owner of Tennis On Selby.  

Linda Cassone of Third Street Studios and Spatial Effects Gallery started Selby Stroll in 2015 as a way to showcase the area's shops and support small business owners. 

"We love being where we are," Matson said. "But a lot of the focus in this little stretch is on the corner of Selby and Snelling so it's really nice that Linda has kind of spearheaded that effort to bring it down further into the rest of the Selby Avenue down here closer to Fairview." 

Selby Stroll comes during a year when big art events have been cancelled. Spatial Effects Gallery features 19 Minnesota artists and will be open for the event. 

More than 30 small businesses are involved in the event and will follow COVID rules including indoor capacity limits, social distancing and mask wearing. 

"We have awesome neighbors, a lot of really nice regulars who have been keeping us afloat," said Hassan Elbakri, owner of Zait and Za'atar

The Palestinian restaurant opened at the corner of Selby Avenue and Fry Street in March 2017. 

"Our family didn't really have any restaurant experience before we did this so we just kind of wanted to tell the world who we were and do it through food," Elbakri said. 

Elbakri said some popular menu items include their msakhan chicken and falafel. 

About Selby Stroll and the businesses in the area, Elbakri said, "We're your neighbors, we're your family members, your friends. Support means everything to us." 

Selby Stroll will include live music, sidewalk sales, outdoor and patio dining and special promotions. 

The event on September 26 runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can find a full list of participating businesses, here

Know a local business we should feature for our Behind the Business segment? Email Heidi Wigdahl at hwigdahl@kare11.com.  

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