Good Sixty makes it easier than ever to ‘shop local’ in Bristol
by Good Sixty founder, Chris Edwards
Consumer demand for better, ethical, convenient food is at an all-time high and it has been proven time and again: shopping locally has a positive impact on our neighbourhoods, ploughing money back into the local economy and strengthening communities. My vision for Good Sixty is to help create wealthier, better-connected communities here in Bristol by making independent food stores more accessible. Good Sixty will connect people (both residents and visitors to Bristol) with hidden gems, micro producers and the best high street independent retailers here in the City.
Good Sixty champions its High Street Heroes (the collective name I’ve given to businesses listed on the website), enabling people to shop more conscientiously in a convenient way, protecting and enhancing their local community. Using the latest technology, the Good Sixty website allows busy people to browse and buy local produce online at any time.
Good Sixty retailers manage their own delivery slots so nearly all those featured on the site are starting to offer delivery to local homes and businesses (with more slots coming soon). And all Good Sixty retailers offer a ‘Click & Collect’ service – a great solution for people who can’t guarantee they will be at home to receive deliveries. Offering amazing customer service for both retailers and customers, Good Sixty is the perfect platform for those passionate about food.
I’ve got over 25 retailers selling their wares through Good Sixty so far: greengrocers, wholefoods shops, butchers and Halal butchers, bakers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, delis, patisseries, wine merchants, micro-distilleries and more. You’ll even find some of Bristol’s favourite cafes and restaurants on the site too. Items can be bought individually from every shop on Good Sixty but imaginative ‘Bundles’ make the Good Sixty shopping experience both simpler and more interesting.
At Source Food Hall choose from responsibly sourced meat or fish Bundles. In fact Source offers pretty much everything you’d need for a weekly shop with dairy produce, fruit, veg and baked goods listed too. And everything you buy from this St Nicholas Market establishment is sourced as locally as possible – a common theme for all Good Sixty retailers.
Gloucester Road institution Scoopaway offer Bundles for making bread, curries and cakes. Their ‘Spring Clean’ Bundle will kit you out with everything you need to clean your home with eco-friendly products. If you’re entertaining, check out our West Country Dinner Party Bundles from The Bristol Cheesemonger or what about the perfect gin and tonic kits from Bristol’s very own micro-distillery, Psychopomp on St Michael’s Hill? Independent wine merchants Grape & Grind and Weber and Tring’s are featured too, offering fine spirits and carefully curated boxes of wines and beers, including Grape & Grind’s Craft Beer Discovery Boxes, which showcase the best of Bristol’s beers.
Not just a great way to stock up at home, the exceptional quality of the produce available through Good Sixty, combined with great Bundles and Hampers, opens up a whole new gift shopping opportunity, particularly appealing with Christmas on the way…
Take Arch House Deli in Clifton which has a whole host of hampers to choose from and the names say it all: Sweet Treats, Tea & Biscuits, The Best of the West, The Very Best of the West… there are picnic baskets too.
I’ve always had Bristol’s Gloucester Road on my doorstep and value the wealth of independent shops there. Through Good Sixty I want to help make shops like these a viable shopping option for even the busiest Bristolians and visitors to the city. Many people want to support their local highstreets more but simply don’t have the time to buy groceries from specialist shops or hunt out their local producers. By showcasing them all in one place on Good Sixty, shopping locally becomes much easier. Good Sixty and the service we provide will become an essential part of our High Street Heroes’ business in this digital age, helping these excellent retailers and producers share their passion and build on their loyal customer base. I want to tell the story behind each of the retailers and producers too, profiling the owners so Good Sixty users get to know their High Street Heroes. So the idea to feature all them all as ‘High Street Heroes’ was a simple one. The biggest advantages many of these retailers have over the big supermarkets are the individuals who own them and work there. Their expertise is second to none and the passion is infectious, so the more people find out about them, the more likely they are to shop from them.
Why have I called it Good Sixty? Because ‘Every pound you spend with a local independent store, café or producer has a 60% greater benefit to your local community than spending it with a large supermarket’.
Browse and buy locally at www.goodsixty.co.uk. Follow @GoodSixty on Instagram or Twitter.
A bit about me, Chris Edwards, 29.
I founded Good Sixty here in Bristol in Autumn 2016. Prior to Good Sixty, I set up my own successful Digital agency in central Bristol and headed it up for five years.
I have a real passion for good quality food and all things local and I’ve lived in Bishopston since childhood.