“Happy re-opening day!” was the phrase of the day on April 12, 2021, when Buckie, the big blue puppet, visited a host of Burton’s independent businesses that re-opened on that day.
Buckie made his first trip to the town on Small Business Saturday in December 2017, but he came back to celebrate what was a big day for many local small traders.
Buckie, along with puppeteer Ian Whittle and Burton Small Business co-founders Tilley Bancroft and Elaine Pritchard, were spreading the #SupportSmallBusinesses message and visited as many local shops as they could.
Buckie’s tour started in Burton Market Hall where he visited a host of traders including Summerhouse Bakery; Aidan’s Books and Vinyl Printing; Robinson’s Diecast Models; The Rustee Skate Shack; Topaz Crystals and Waterloo Wools.
Summerhouse Bakery was able to put tables and chairs outside to serve customers in the sunshine and staff went out from the company’s market hall kitchen to take orders. Buckie met owner Tracey Heap who was busy with orders for takeaways too.
Just outside the market hall, on the edge of the marketplace, Helen’s Bakehouse and Tearooms was also serving customers outside in the sunshine and owner Helen Wheat was happy to pause for a quick pic with Buckie.
We sent every good wish to cafes and bars that could not yet open on that day as they had no outdoor space – and we look forward to seeing them open later in May.
The tour of Burton businesses also took in the library cafe – Bookuccinos – where Buckie tried a bit of skateboarding outside too.
We also visited the Guitar Superstore – where Buckie rocked out to the sounds.
At Ahoy Sailor vintage shop on the High Street, Buckie was gifted with a pink bandana by owner Natalie. He wore it with pride.
We popped into the Alphabet Gift Shop and cafe – which will shortly launch a new Maker’s Market section to allow local craftspeople to sell their products. Food and drink were available to enjoy at tables outside.
The Cheese Station welcomed Buckie and, as luck would have it, our Tilley recently won a prize online in one of their competitions and was able to collect her prize in person!
On the way back, Buckie got a quick trim outside V29 Barbershop, The Queen Vic.
Thanks to Burton Small Business fan Louise Walker, whose support made Buckie’s visit to Burton possible.
The #SupportSmallBusinesses hashtag is being used by the Federation of Small Businesses and we are proud to share it. We’ve collaborated with the FSB on a number of events over the years and Elaine and Tilley are both members of this national support group for small businesses and the self-employed.
Our small businesses in Burton have had a terrible 12 months with successive lockdowns, so let’s do all we can to support them and showcase them. Please take a few moments each day to think if you can share something on social media about your favourite local, small businesses or write them a review on Google or Facebook or any third-party review site. It will mean the world to them.