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Soap and Clay

With its array of nature-inspired soaps and pottery, the aptly named Soap & Clay is all about great quality, sustainable living that doesn’t cost the earth. Owners Vicky and Jason Axell tell us more about their Magdalene Street emporium. What drew you to the idea of selling both soap and... Read more Asset 1

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De Luca

De Luca Cucina and Bar is a well-loved local restaurant in the heart of Cambridge offering delicious food at affordable prices. Actually, it’s much more than that, as owner Paul De Luca explains… There’s so much to say about De Luca it’s hard to know where to start! How would... read more Asset 1

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La Raza

Home to innovative cocktails, authentic tapas, vibrant live music and a bustling dancefloor, La Raza is the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry, as head of Operations, Peter Rawlings, explains… How would you describe La Raza to anyone who hasn’t experienced it before? La Raza is a small... Read more Asset 1

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YellowKorner

Started in Paris about 15 years ago. YellowKorner has around 150 galleries worldwide with two in the UK. Glen the owner of one of those galleries here in Cambridge, tells us more… Tell us about YellowKorner and the services you offer? Our concept is very different to anything else on... read more Asset 1

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Kim from Burr Bridal

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Burr Bridal

Award-winning Cambridge boutique Burr Bridal specialises in exquisite wedding dresses and elegant attire for groomsmen, VIP guests and prom queens. Owner Kim Burr talks Big Day trends and reveals the secrets to her success. What type of bridal gowns do you specialise in? Over the years I’ve worked with most... Read more Asset 1

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Cafe Foy

Fancy some good food, good wine and good conversation by the river? Then pop to Café Foy on the Quayside, run by Cambridge-born Matt Martin and his sister Sophie What inspired you to launch Café Foy? I was working in London as a consultant, and prior to that had been... read more Asset 1

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Jemma from Tindalls

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Tindalls

Family-run Tindalls is the leading independent supplier of fine art supplies to East Anglia. Jemma Wiltsher, assistant manager of the Cambridge store, gives us a flavour of the business A brief history Tindalls started life as a family business (Tindalls & Son) in 1870 in the town of Newmarket, printing... Read more Asset 1

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The Haunted Bookshop

Book-mad from an early age, Sarah Key took over The Haunted Bookshop in Cambridge in 1994. Here she talks about her speciality books, unique shop and its mysterious ghostly presence You set up Sarah Key Books in 1987. What made you want to work in this industry? I’ve always been... read more Asset 1

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John from Espresso Library

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Espresso Library

Espresso Library: Is it a bike shop, is it a café, or perhaps an art gallery? Actually, it’s a quirky fusion of all three, as owner John Gull explains What inspired you to launch Espresso Library in 2015? Before Espresso Library I was teaching maths at CATS, which is an... Read more Asset 1

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Butch Annie’s

Fancy tucking into a top-quality burger and craft beer in a cool basement restaurant? Then head to Cambridge’s Butch Annie’s, where owners Nigel Howell and Tim Luther, along with their trusty team, offer a warm welcome. How did the Butch Annie’s story begin?  It all began when Tim and I... read more Asset 1

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Julie from The Cambridge Satchel Company

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The Cambridge Satchel Company

From humble beginnings (at her kitchen table), Julie Deane has grown The Cambridge Satchel Company into a global hit, her leather satchels gracing the arms of celebrities, from Taylor Swift to Lady Gaga. Louise Cummings finds out more. What made you choose to make satchels? It has a lot to... Read more Asset 1

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Campkins Cameras

Established in Cambridge in 1952, Campkins Cameras is THE go-to for all things photographic. Owner Owen Howell reveals which camera will be snapped up this Christmas and rejoices at the revival of film How old were you when you got your first camera? There’s a picture on our website of... read more Asset 1

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Anita from SageBrown

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SageBrown

A family-run business synonymous with quality and style, SageBrown produces sumptuous leather goods, from briefcases to handbags, as owner Anita Pekdemir explains: Background to the business SageBrown was created by husband-and-wife team Mehmet and Anita Pekdemir back in the early noughties. Using Mehmet’s leather retail and manufacturing knowledge and experience and Anita’s... Read more Asset 1

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Angela Reed

Join us on a tour behind the scenes of Angela Reed, the family business trading since 1881, which is renowned for sourcing unique and inspiring furniture and gifts. Brand director Kate Reed talks shop: The Story So Far The Reed family has been in business since 1881, when Thomas Reed began trading in... read more Asset 1

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Dave from Cambridge Arts Theatre

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Cambridge Arts Theatre

Founded in 1936 by John Maynard Keynes, Cambridge ArtsTheatre has launched the careers of a host of stars, fromStephen Fry to Emma Thompson. Here, Chief Executive DaveMurphy explains its enduring appeal What brought you to Cambridge Arts Theatre? I arrived in 2003 and fell in love with working in the... Read more Asset 1

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Lost in Vinyl

Captivated by music from the age of four, Rob Campkin turned a hobby into a career and now owns Lost in Vinyl in Cambridge – a mecca for record lovers When did your love of music begin? I think my first record was bought for me when I was four... read more Asset 1

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Glen from Barton Bicycles

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Barton Bicycles

Biking enthusiast Glen Todd left his career in IT to takeover Barton Bicycles on King Street – and now, having discovered a passion for bike restoration – he hasn’t looked back since When did you take the reins of Barton Bicycles? About five years ago and my Dad owned the business... Read more Asset 1

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Hot Numbers

 Today he has two bustling Cambridge cafes and a roastery in Shepreth, but Simon Fraser’s idea for speciality coffee company Hot Numbers originated in Australia, over a decade before, as he explains: The Hot Numbers story begins I was working in the engineering department at Cambridge University, and went on... read more Asset 1

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Alex from Signorelli's Deli

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Signorelli's Deli

Born and bred in Bergamo, Alex Signorelli is famous for bringing authentic Italian flavours to the menu at Signorelli’s Deli Cambridge, his Cambridge deli and bistro. Over the past few years he has also opened Mediterranean-inspired La Piazza By Signorelli’s and Il Mertato at The Grafton. The quality of the... Read more Asset 1

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Lilac Rose

From vibrant dresses and elegant jewellery to quirky accessories and gifts, you’ll findit all at Lilac Rose in Cambridge Step off Cambridge’s bustling Bridge Street into vibrant treasure trove, Lilac Rose, and you can’t help but emit an audible ‘whoop’. A feast for the eyes, the independent fashion boutique has... read more Asset 1

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Jane from Ark

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Ark

Specialising in one-of-a-kind gifts in a rainbow of vibrant hues, Ark Cambridge is the perfect place to pick up unique treasures, as owner Jane Richards explains: How did Ark begin? We opened a little shop in Norfolk Street back in 2001 selling vintage furniture. We travelled all over the country in a... Read more Asset 1

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Millers Music & Open Air

It may be Cambridge’s oldest independent music shop – with more than 165 years’ experience selling top-quality instruments from around the world – but Millers Music is far from old fashioned. In fact, innovation has been the key to transforming Millers (and its three sister businesses, including Open Air, Cambridge)... read more Asset 1

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Nathalie from Cambridge Contemporary Art

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Cambridge Contemporary Art

Specialising in handmade prints, paintings, sculptures and crafts, Cambridge Contemporary Art gallery shows the work of over 100 UK-based artists, with a new exhibition every month. Situated just a stone’s throw from King’s College, the gallery is in the heart of Cambridge City Centre. We spoke to owner of the... Read more Asset 1

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Podarok

Podarok is a proudly independent, award-winning gift boutique based in Cambridge’s Art’s Quarter. They are filled to brim with beautiful gifts for your loved ones, or a treat for yourself. Especially known in Cambridge for their quirky handbags, along with some unique homewares and beautiful jewellery. From pocket money pieces to... read more Asset 1

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Sarah from F45

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F45

Originating in Australia, F45 Training is an innovative and exciting fitness concept, specialising in 45-minute workouts, which happen on the same day, all around the world. We spoke to Sarah Craske, who launched Cambridge’s first F45 studio on Station Road. Tell me a bit about F45, what you have going... Read more Asset 1

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Cambridge Gin Laboratory

Cambridge Gin Laboratory is an interactive space in the centre of Cambridge, dedicated to the appreciation of gin! Based in Green Street, you can sample a range of their award- winning Cambridge Distillery Gins and even blend your own with their gin experts. If you want to know more, you can... read more Asset 1

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Amanda from Premier Travel

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Premier Travel

Premier Travel is family run independent business and was established in 1936. Eighty years after Premier Travel arrived in Cambridge as a coach company, the agency is still at the heart of the historic city. We spoke to Manager Amanda who has worked for the company for nearly 29 years: What... Read more Asset 1

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Lockhouse Games

Find the clues, solve the puzzles and make your escape—will you make it out in time? Cambridge Lockhouse Games is perfect for a family day out, a corporate event or a hen/stag do. Throughout October and November 2020, Lockhouse Games are running a ‘Get Out to Help Out’ campaign and... read more Asset 1

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Paul from Lockhouse Games

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Alex from Amelie

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Amelie

What was a dream many years ago, Father & Son Duo, Regis & Alex created a brand new food concept for the UK. Flammekueche was originally created in the 14th centuries by bakers in Alsace on the French-German border as a means of testing an oven’s temperature for their bread with... Read more Asset 1

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Fitzbillies

On 4th October 2020 Fitzbillies will celebrate its 100th birthday. A century of Chelsea buns and all manner of cakes and bread, behind its original Art Nouveau facade. In a world where most businesses do well to last a few years or a few decades Fitzbillies is a survivor. In... read more Asset 1

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Anne from Jacks on Trinity and Giles & Co

Jacks on Trinity

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Jacks on Trinity and Giles & Co

To survive on a High Street crowded by corporate giants, which can squeeze out sole traders, Indies have a real challenge. Anne Bannell – owner of city centre gift shops Jacks on Trinity and Giles & Co – had the prudence to recognise this, and has prospered thanks to continually... Read more Asset 1

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Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery

Located in Green Street, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery is a multi-award winning business and leaders in bespoke jewellery, specialising in bespoke engagement rings, bespoke wedding rings and bespoke eternity rings. The company was one of the first jewellers in the UK to be licensed to sell Fairtrade gold and was... read more Asset 1

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Meggy from Bridges

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Bridges

Bridges is an independent cafe that has been located on Bridge Street since 1996, serving fresh food and drink to the good people of Cambridge. They are passionate about serving the freshest fare, whether it be croissants and pastries for breakfast, with aromatic Italian coffee, baguettes, soups and Chinese food for... Read more Asset 1

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Smokeworks

Smokeworks is a BBQ restaurant with two sites in Cambridge. Featuring steam-punk inspired decor and a menu packed full of flavour, Smokeworks is the perfect place to sink your teeth into deliciously prepared ribs, wings and more. Max Freeman is the Operations Director of Cambscuisine, which owns the Chop House,... read more Asset 1

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Pippa from Boudoir Femme

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Boudoir Femme

Boudoir Femme is an award winning, independent, womenswear boutique in Cambridge city centre is home to a mix of stylish, womenswear labels you’ll want to wear every day. Labels stocked include American Vintage, Maison Scotch, Rails, Reiko & accessories from Lily & Lionel, Vanessa Bruno & Woden trainers to name... Read more Asset 1

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Pint Shop

Set in a Grade II listed building in the centre of Cambridge, the Pint Shop boasts parquet flooring and industrial-chic décor. With a stylish retro feel and delicious selection of chargrilled meat dishes, steaks and vegetarian options, it’s the perfect place to settle in for lunch or a drink. What... read more Asset 1

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