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Have a crafty Christmas

On Saturday 11th December Crafty Fox Pop Up Market is coming to Brixton. The market is being held in the Dogstar pub on Coldharbour Lane, 11am-6pm. There will be over 30 stalls selling handmade and vintage items as well as craft workshops, live music and, inevitably, drinks.

Stallholders will be accepting Brixton £s on the day so it’s a great opportunity to pick up the last (or, in my case, the first) of your Christmas presents. Shopping in the Dogstar – it’s got to be less stressful than Oxford Street!

On that note, we’d love to hear from anyone who’s decided to buy all their Christmas presents using Brixton Pounds. Simon Woolf did it last year and you can watch a video of him Christmas shopping here.

Watch this space for more hints and tips about how to support independent businesses in Brixton over the festive period…

New items on sale in the Community Shop

Products available in the Community Shop

Products available in the Community Shop

Pop down to the Community Shop (Unit 6, Brixton Village) and take a gander at the brand spanking new items for sale. All profits will be reinvested in the Brixton Pound project.

From left to right:

– Copies of The Wizard: a whole new Oz for our times by David Boyle, a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. Based on the the idea that Frank Baum actually wove his famous tale around the monetary battles of the 1890s, The Wizard is ‘a modern Wizard of Oz for the days of derivatives, sub-prime mortgages and Goldman Sachs.’ The book also includes David Boyle’s celebrated speech at the launch of the Brixton Pound.

– The latest album from The Soothsayers and the Red Earth Collective inculding the track ‘The Brixton Pound’. See our interview with Robin Hopcraft of The Soothsayers here.

– A range of tasteful hand-crafted silver jewellery from Full Moon Designs who can usually be found at the Brixton Arts and Crafts Market next to Morleys on Fridays and Saturdays.

– The ever-popular Brixton Pound Sauce. Locally produced and market ‘sauced’ (arf). Not available for purchase in the Community Shop but you can get your hands on a bottle just a hop, skip and a jump away at Brixton Cornercopia (Unit 65, 4th Avenue, Brixton Village).

– The new ‘Brixton Power’ T-shirts, available in men’s and women’s sizes, for patriotic Brixtonites. The T-shirts are made from 100% ethically traded organic cotton and feature graphics designed by a local resident. See one modelled by an unwilling volunteer here.

Make sure you pay in B£s, there are discounts available if you do!

Diverse Gifts is our June business of the month!

Diverse GiftsDiverse Gifts and Gallery is a giftshop situated in Atlantic Road in the heart of Brixton. Now in its 11th year, Diverse specialises in design-led gifts for women and men, and traditional toys for children.

Often referred to as ‘Brixton’s favourite giftshop’ Diverse aims to offer a range of products that truly reflects the varied community it serves: Afrocentric and contemporary greeting cards for all occasions, jewellery from every corner of the globe, recycled products and world music from Putumayo.

The downstairs gallery houses beautiful, affordable clothing by local label, Uma Jane, and a range of Australian designers.

Diverse has a permanent discount of 5% off for anyone using the B£, although during this feature-week B£ customers get 10% off both gifts and clothing (full-price items only; cards and gift-wrap not included).  So get down there, what are you waiting for?

62 Atlantic Road
020 7733 1488

Also on Facebook and Twitter!

Brixton Pound T-Shirts have landed!

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Brixton Pound T-Shirts now available in the Community Shop.

The T-shirts are made of very soft and ethically traded organic cotton and feature graphics designed by a local resident.  They come in both men’s sizes (S/M, L/XL, XXL) and women’s  sizes (S/M, L/XL).

To get your hands on one call in at the shop (unit 6, Granville Arcade, Brixton Village) or pre-order by email (brixtonpound@gmail.com), and we’ll make sure we have your size ready at the shop for collection.

Yours for £15, or B£13.

Pempamsie – African cultural shop

PempamsiePempamsie is an African cultural shop on Brixton Hill: a stone’s throw away from Lambeth Town Hall, it is run by Ehwunah.

The store sells an eclectic mix of items, such as wonderfully patterned clothing, cool jewelry, books, art, home furnishings, as well as lifestyle and health and natural beauty products. These are made out of an array of African plant ingredients, which you’ll be forgiven for not recognizing!
Workshops and talks are also held in the shop.

Whether you are interested in all things African, or you are just looking for a stylish gift, this is the place for you: Pempamsie, 102 Brixton Hill, SW2 1AH. Tel: 020 8671 0800

Pempamsie supports the B£: do ask in store about any B£ special offers.

The Brixton Pound Christmas Guide

We have hunted down some great Christmas present ideas that you can get hold of right here in Brixton. What’s more – you’ll get a great deal when you pay in Brixton Pounds (B£).


Secondo, Coldharbour Lane

B£ offer = 25% off exclusive designer Rock U Later head scarves & scarves

as modeled by Abu


HQ Brixton, Market Row

B£ offer = 10% off all products
including exclusive HQ Brixton T Shirts


Original Products Ltd, Market Row

B£ offer = 10% off selected scented candles.


Empress Bellydance @ Brixton Lido, Dulwich Road
Give someone the chance to dance their way into 2010:

B£7 – A voucher for a Bellydance class (usually £8)
B£10 A BellydanceT Shirt AND voucher for Bellydance Class
B£20 A Bellydance hipscarf AND Bellydance Class.

House of Bottles

House of Bottles, Coldharbour Lane
B£ offer = Spend over £10 receive 10%
off. Spend over £100 and received a free bottle of bubbly! Sale and return service for your Christmas party!


Sesami, 307 Railton Road

B£ offer = Make up a Christmas hamper
worth £10 or more and get 10% off

Bambinos, Brixton Station Road

B£ offer = 10% off childrens seasonal party
wear in the lead up to Chistmas

Stuart the Watchman, Popes Road

B£ offer – spend over
£10 and receive 5% off


Pound and Plus, Popes Road

B£ offer = 5% off all
Christmas decorations; trees, lights,
tinsel etc.


Brixton Café/ Phones4Free, Brixton Station Road
B£ offer = buy a 10 hour internet voucher for B£8
plus receive discounted tea and cake

ANS Furnishings, Electric Avenue

B£ offer =  5% discount on all carpets, curtains, bed
linen, cushions and soft

Christmas shopping in B£s

We have taken a vow to do all our Christmas shopping this year in B£s. With over 120 local businesses currently signed up to the scheme, and new businesses joining all the time, the only difficulty we can foresee is narrowing down the choice! Will it be handmade jewelry, new threads, music, chocolates or perhaps a voucher for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment? To find out, keep your eyes peeled on this blog.

If you’re up joining us in pledging to do all your Christmas shopping in B£s, please get in touch.

The Mayor's B£ shopping spree

On Saturday 31st October, the Mayor of Lambeth took part in a B£ shopping spree, that started off at Morley’s of Brixton department store where the Mayor got himself some B£s.

The mayor on a B£ shopping spree in BrixtonNext on the list was A&C Continental, Portuguese deli on Atlantic Road, from which the Mayor emerged with a bag of goodies, including herbs and onions for his dinner. From there the Mayoral convoy, made up of a number of B£ supporters and onlookers, moved to the Arcades market for a stop at Wa Zo Bia, African food store, to buy some chilies, and then across to Secondo, vintage clothes outlet, where the Mayor picked up a very cool jersey.

From there, and with many hello-stops at regular intervals, the Mayor reached Nubian Natural Body Care, on Atlantic Road, where B£s came handy in the purchase of some scrumptious salt crystals. Next it was Diverse Gifts, on Atlantic Road, and finally over to Stuart the Watchmaker, on Pope Road, before the Mayor said good bye to the team and headed off to his next engagement. No doubt those bath salts would have come handy that evening.

The shopping spree was a fantastic success in promoting participating businesses and the B£, with passers-by and shoppers out and about in Brixton.

Watch a video of the day here.