LOCKDOWN has forced most businesses to shut and while restrictions have been eased at times normality is still some way off.
Nevertheless, ventures have still managed to launch despite the pandemic, so here are 10 businesses that opened since the first lockdown began.
These businesses have entered the hospitality sector at a time when almost 300,000 people have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, accounting for over a third of all job losses between February and November, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Stroud’s Five Valley’s market has successfully launched with many stores opening under their roof, including:
Previously located in Stroud’s disused Swan pub in Union Street.
With a passion for good food and wine from across Europe, Armadeli stocks a wide range of cheeses and charcuterie as well as antipasti, chutneys, olives and other speciality foods.
Read more about Armadeli here.
- Waghornes Artisan Butchers
The family butcher and delicatessen has a history dating back to the 1850s.
They pride themselves on supplying the best quality produce from farm to table. This farm to table philosophy has been rewarded with two Cotswold Life food and drink awards.
Read more about Waghornes here.
La Cantina are a family fun Tex-Mex stall that opened on Saturday, December 19.
They offer their delicious offering to eat in the food hall or to takeaway while you walk through the town.
Serving a menu filled with Tex-Mex style food, including Burritos, Nachos, Quesadillas and more!
La Cantina store information here.
- Pie Minister
Pie Minister was founded in Bristol by Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg in 2003.
The Pie Minister stall will sell award-winning pies made from British beef, free range chicken and bacon as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan options too.
All ingredients are ethical and responsibly sourced.
Read more about Pie Minister here.
- Medulla salon
The team from the town’s popular hair salon Harriet’s Organic moved to a new salon with a new name.
They pride themselves on a range of organic and natural products which are free of the harsh, damaging ingredients you find in conventional products, therefore have minimal impact on your hair.
Read more about Medulla here.
- Non Solo Pasta
The family run business, led by Italian chef Matteo, this small and independent business is serving up authentic Italian food.
This includes its award winning arancinio (balls of rice coated with bread crumbs and then deep fried—a staple of Sicilian cuisine).
Read more about Non Solo Pasta here.
- Lily Pad Florist
Lily Pad prides itself on providing a personalised service to all their customers.
As well as wedding, special occasion and funeral flowers, the Lily Pad Florist team also create hand tied bouquets and have a variety of fresh flowers.
Online services are available.
Read more about Lily Pad here.
Stores have also opened outside of the Five Valley’s market.
- Little Ginger, Stroud
Mum-of-four Claire Cappell opened the Little Ginger Deli and Café in Kendrick Street after the previous deli owners retired.
The deli is stocked with local goods including coffee from Gloucester and cheeses from Cheltenham.
Homemade quiches and soups will be available every day, as well as deli platters of fruits and pretzels on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Read more about Little Ginger here.
- Fatima’s Moroccan Style, Nailsworth
Abdul Bouhrazen who grew up in a village in the Atlas Mountains, creates a unique and traditional tea experience in Market Street hoping to share some native culture with his clients.
The tearoom offers Moroccan teas and coffees plus pastries and pancakes.
Read more about Fatima’s Moroccan Style here.
- Scrumptious Coffee Shop, Chalford
Scrumptious sells fresh cakes and bread and homemade pies and lasagnes.
They specialise in meeting dietary requirements such as dairy or gluten free.
Stock includes convenience goods and locally sourced ingredients like free range eggs from Farwood Farming in Horsley and Cotswold Honey.
Read more about Scrumptious here.