Low Brau by Band Design

In Germany, the beer hall is a communal gathering place where people can enjoy friends and family. Lowbrau is a newly opened beirhalle that embraces this experience. Here, you can taste the finest traditional, gourmet and exotic sausages from across the region and get to know your neighbor over a half-litre of beer or cocktail featuring authentic schnapps.
The crew at Lowbrau doesn’t take themselves too seriously & love to have fun, so when the forming company found Band across the west coast, we packed our bags and headed south to join in.
After a successful launch this winter, Lowbrau is now one of the most popular bars in town. We’re excited to have the chance to venture back down to their sunny side of town and prost over a few pints again soon!


Click here to visit Band Design 

Click here to visit Low Brau website


The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the international creative community.

This year’s Festival will be held 14 – 22 September 2013.


“Opened my eyes to the possibilities”

Originally posted on Makerhood Norwood:

More than a dozen makers turned up on Monday at the Portico Gallery in West Norwood to hear Phill Hill of International Visual explain the importance of presentation and visual merchandising, even on a market stall.

Phill outlined the main principles of “tiering”, symmetry, strong signage, and creating atmosphere, with plenty of slides showing great examples.


We then moved on to the interactive part of the evening, where he gave constructive feedback to makers who had brought along their work and set up (almost) real stalls. The work on show varied from textiles and furniture to food and jewellery, so everyone had the chance to pick up ideas and practical tips, whatever they made.


The usefulness and practicality of the advice was reflected in the feedback after the event. Typical comments included:

  • “Brilliant ideas to get me started”
  • “Opened my eyes to the possibilities of the way to display products”

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Hand painted shop signage

This photo was sent to me by a very good friend who saw this butchers shop in Shrewsbury and loved the tag line hand painted onto the front of the building.

I love it to and just wish more stores would use the architecture of their buildings in a similar way instead of covering them with ugly plastic signs or banners.

Bring back the old crafts is what i say.





I stumbled upon this website the other day and think its a great idea to help small business start up.

Click here to see how lots of pop up shops have been funded

Heres what its about.

Seven things to know about Kickstarter:

1. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, more than 4.7 million people have pledged over $776 million, funding more than 48,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

2. Each project is independently created.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we’re not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.

3. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.

Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it’s amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.

Click here to visit the website

Lizzie Mary Cullen


Lizzie is a multi award-winning illustrator/artist based in London.

Featured on BBC, Huffington Post, The Independent, Glamour and more, Lizzie’s pen and ink drawings have been exhibited internationally in London, New York and Paris.
Lizzie’s first solo show was held in 2010 at The Framer’s Gallery in Windmill Street. The show raised over 3k for The Big Issue Foundation and was attended by Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, and Big Issue Founder John Bird.

Click below to visit her website

Lizzie Mary Cullen +440790 4110 866.


Hubbard’s Cupboard shop front – Cardiff

Love this shopfront for a great little vintage store in the Castle Arcade in Cardiff, the owner has added so many nice little features that helps it stand out from other stores by giving it a personal hand-made feel which compliments the vintage products its selling.

Hubbub – Online food delivery service from independent stores

Hubbub is a home delivery service on a mission to save the high street! We make it easy to do your weekly shop with your brilliant local independents.

Click below to find out more.


www.retailstorewindows.com: Bally, London


www.retailstorewindows.com: Bally, London.

John Lewis – Communicating with customers

John Lewis are masters at communicating with their customers, from tv adverts that pull on your heart strings, to their simple and to the point strap line of “Never knowingly undersold” and they are at their strongest when inside their own stores.

They use every opportunity to tell you about their products and services, they keep it simple and to the point telling you enough to wet your appetite  or inform you but very rarely confusing you with jargon.

Here are a selection of different ways they do this, for more just google them for lots of other great examples.



JLP Home Store Purley Way Croydon (8)

jlp oxford st august 2011 (3)

jlp oxford st march 2011 (4)

jlp oxford st march 2011 (5)

jlp oxford st march 2011 (40)

jlp oxford st march 2011 (50)

JLP sloan sq (2)

uk london oxford st jlp pos




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