Supporting our local businesses (and freelance community)!
UPDATED - 5 APRIL
Our local businesses now need our help more than ever!
They make us proud of our High Street, adding culture and colour as well as providing local jobs and money which stays and circulates in the local economy.
Yet one in five small businesses across the UK are in danger of running out of cash by the end of April, according to reports.
Here are some ways to support the local economy and loads of freelance workers through this rough period.
Or a chance to nominate someone that's missing via the form below (you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org).
TAKE AWAY FOOD & DRINK
The likes of The Parlour, Comptoir V and Rise & Vine are among those offering takeaway or delivery services (others drop us a line!).
The Parlour is running a brilliant set of brunch/lunch/dinner sets/veg boxes, flour, eggs, fresh bread and yeast produce for collection every day, 10am-4pm. Email or phone ahead 020 8969 2184..
Comptoir V are open Weds-Sat with delicious vegan food for takeaway or delivery.
Rise & Vine are also now offering home delivery, with discounts for larger orders.
Max Luca is offering a very popular, great-priced vegetable set (pictured above) - 0784-344-2395
Crazy Baker on Harrow Rd are still open (27/3) and will deliver to the Kilburn, Kensal, Queens Park area.
Brooks of Chamberlayne Rd are open 10am-5pm, except Mondays. Three customers at a time.
Runners on Chamberlayne Rd have been fantastic. Open 7 am - 10pm 24/7 and have managed to have good stocks of most things. Reported as closed 30/3 until further notice - thanks for your amazing efforts staying open so long guys!
L’Angolo on 120 College Road is great for all things Italian and have been trying hard to stay open, with limited hours – so call first 020 8969 5757
The Kensal Store on College Rd will deliver for free with a minimum spend of £20 within a one mile radius. Call 0770 736 0457 (info as at 25/3).
Priya reports: "Michael, who cooks and sells the amazing gyoza (dumplings) at the Farmer’s Market is opening a new takeaway shop, Joli, in Kilburn Lane. It’s near the Paradise and opens this Sat April 4th. 12-10pm seven days a week. He will be selling freshly cooked gyoza, laksa, rendang, stuffed steamed buns, partha bowls, wraps and more. It is takeaway only got the foreseeable future. Order at livejoli.com
"My mother and I, based in Kensal, have recently started fresh, homemade, gluten free organic food delivered locally for free. We also have vegan and dairy free options. Mum is Italian so she introducing all her knowledge from the good old days when everything was handmade. All the products we use are gluten free and organic - we like to support local business so we buy from our neighbours. We also offer 20% discount to all the NHS staff. You can find us on instagram and Facebook under
Rise is our fantastic gift shop that is packed with lovely things - It was one of the first "nice" shops to take the gamble and open up in Kensal Green over well 10 years ago - the staff are excellent and can suggest great present ideas Fantastic choice of greetings cards and the window display is AMAZING! We love Rise!" Deliveries.
The team who have designed the new Lexi 2nd screen community hub, RISE Design Studio, are "still offering our architectural services as usual and would like to spread the word that it is actually a great time to tackle the design part of the building process while in lock-down so that projects can start swiftly once it is over".
LEISURE - big call-out!
The Lexi Cinema invite everyone to watch a selection of great movies online with them and urge everyone to consider buying one of their fantastic value memberships to help them.
DELI TO YOUR DOOR
The Salusbury Foodstore is open for Deliveroo orders or by calling 020 7328 3287
The Salusbury Winestore is open Monday - Sunday, 10am to 7pm with a delivery service within a two mile radius of the shop. Min order of £50, wit a £5 delivery charge waived for all orders above £100. ; 020 7372 6664
Planet Organic on Salusbury Rd (020 3985 5410) are open, helping customers in great need and are making excess food available via the OLIO App.
Provenance of Salusbury Rd are now doing deliveries (27/3)! 10am-4pm "with lots of fresh product and recharged butchers!"
"If you would like to have your Provenance order delivered please send an email to:
am in the process of making online classes. 07889686360
O'Farrells on Willesden High Rd are closed Sun/Mon but open 7am-4pm Tues-Thurs and Sat 7am-3pm (as at 26/3). Times can change
"I understand that some of you cannot physically get to us so we are trying our upmost to come to you !
At the moment local home delivery’s need to placed at least 24hours prior. If you need to call the shop to place an order for collection we would also still need 24hours notice.
We are still serving people coming through the door but only 2 customers at one time.
Meat deliveries are coming into us well now, The only issue seems to be with free range chickens, where my suppliers seemed to have increased the price, and the amount I am allow to buy so they may be slight changes in that area
On the whole all our other suppliers are treating us very fairly which is great news for myself and obviously you guys.
Once again I’d like to thank you all for your incredible understanding at this difficult time.
I’m very grateful for your loyal support....Dennis"
"I'm offering Free UK Delivery on all orders on the online store www.lilyking.co.uk and local doorstep drops in the Willesden Green / Harlesden / Kensal Rise / Queen's Park areas as a lot of my customers are based in these areas".
The Olive Tree on 152 Willesden Lane is getting big shout-outs from neighbours for still offering its organic food. Call to check if open 020 7328 9078.
Cuore Deli, 27 Sidmouth Road (corner Mt. Pleasant), has also been open 8:30 am - 6:30 pm M - S, 9 am - 2 pm Sun. "Great social distancing, food and coffee!"
NEARBY & THEY LOVE OUR AREA!
Artisan Bakery plan to deliver high-quality French bread on Weds, Fridays and Sundays - send order 48 hours in advance to email@example.com.
Natoora in Chiswick are giving food away to a number of charities and have made their Chef's App available to households to order direct.
Bella (Portobello) is recommended by Dundonald Rd neighbours for fresh fruit and veg at good prices and is very happy to deliver - 07949 524 652
Ruth of APRATA reports:
Parker Dairies - place an order online or via 020 8520 5943; Steve the local milkman will call on you, offering all sorts of milk and alternatives, bread, cheese, honey, yogurt, potatoes, bacon, sausages, even composts and bird food. Most is locally sourced, including their N17 honey.
Another recommended milkman is Peter Bircham at Hampstead Premier Dairies in NW6: 07956 355 502. He also delivers in glass bottles, supplies milk, bread, free range eggs, etc.
Moncada, our very tasty and very local Dollis Hill brewery, is offering trade prices for their beers and will deliver for free!
"We have a fresh pasta company in Stonebridge Park. We used to work only with fine dining restaurants but we are now delivering to families in the neighbourhood and put together different boxes to keep selling our pasta and other groceries. firstname.lastname@example.org
HOME MADE COOKING TO ORDER
@alittlelusciousness is a pop-up chef who now has 4,000 followers of her delicious weekly menu of heat at home meals and puddings which now can be brought to you. "I’ll be donating every fourth meal to someone local who needs a bit of help. DM me for more info....."
Their Nibs is a print led sleepwear brand specialising in award winning comfortable pyjamas for ladies and kids. "We are still packing orders from home and gift wrap if you’d like to send a loved one some new PJs to cheer them up! @theirnibs.
Sainsbury's Ladbroke Grove are changing their opening hours from Monday 23 March: 8 am - 8 pm Mon - Sat, 11 am - 5 pm Sun.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all their supermarkets will dedicate 8 am - 9 am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers; from 7:30 am - 8 am Mon - Sat serving NHS staff and social care workers - they will need to show their pass or ID.
LOOK OUT ONLINE FOR.........
Sing and Sign franchise - we teach baby signing through music classes to help your baby communicate and to aid speech development in toddlers. We have moved our classes online and will be starting a 10 week term from next week. There are a few options you can choose from but they all include at least one LIVE class per week (via Zoom) plus a weekly recording that's been put together by head office that you can watch as many times as you like each week. So tonnes of content for you to get your teeth around whilst stuck at home and such a good opportunity to get your little ones communicating with you as soon as possible! Plus you can see an interact with other people! email@example.com. Stay safe everyone, Harriet x
PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
"I would like to offer some short one-to-one online lessons on how to create an animation at home and for those who have Photoshop, a basic course on how to use it. Keep safe
Dora Martinkova (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT TO...
We always salute Cable Co for their great coffee but especially the free coffee offered to show respect and appreciation to our wonderful NHS and medical staff in the area.
Fantastic work by the Piccolo team in Kilburn for lovingly preparing bags of free food for the NHS team at the Royal Free.
Bagsoflove.co.uk - for printing over 4,000 of the Covid mutual aid leaflets for Brondesbury, Queens Park and Kensal Green and for offering thousands of batches (up to 25) of high quality washable fabric face masks they would usually use for customised printing. They are based in Park Royal, run by a Brondesbury couple.
Thank you also Tony & Kyle at Daniels Estate Agents on Chamberlayne Rd for printing several thousand leaflets for local houses!
Bravo also to Costa Coffee on Salusbury Rd. Thanks to store manager, Seema, they made their entire perishable stock available to North Paddington Foodbank. before having to close last week.
As well as sharing lovely stories and old family recipes on Insta, Ida restaurant are also quietly supporting the local charity QPG Community & Sports hub with lovely home made food..
Has your business doing something special you'd like to highlight here?
Who and what else should we be adding here?
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Great Cable Co coffee and banana bread to your door?
Bravo to Brent Music Service (BMS) for offering primary schools free music lessons online.
Love Thy Neighbour? bravo The Paradise (assuming Jessee did, in fact, ask first?!?!)
And - although they've been doing this for years - full marks to the Lexi cinema for still continuing to collect Brent Foodbank donations twice a week!
The Whippet has urged its many customers to pre-buy Gift Vouchers for when they reopen.
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Maciej Gross of Gym Locomotive at The Tay on Wrentham is now offering clients his strength and mobility classes online. I can personally strongly recommend him!
And "Lizzie Barker PT" offers very popular, informal and friendly group sessions in Tiverton Green, as well as PT. Try out an online class?