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Celebrating food that’s produced and sold by small, independent merchants, TheFoodMarket.com taps into the rapid growth of the UK’s ethical food market. Founder Wendy Snowdon cares about good food. Not just food that tastes good, but food that’s good for your body and respects the environment. She believes that it has never been more important to know where our food comes from and what’s in it – greater transparency is needed and she wants to provide that.
With so many independent producers of excellent quality, sustainably-sourced, natural and organic food dotted around the UK, TheFoodMarket.com recognises the need for a single place where anybody in the country can buy from them. Featuring products that are not widely available in supermarkets, the site provides merchants with a platform in which they can tell the stories behind their products, thus giving customers greater transparency.
Clare Barry is a London writer and the founder of Urban Curiosity - a creativity and wellness brand that helps busy people slow down and spark ideas. Her writing, workshops, retreats and monthly speakers event focus on creativity and human connection in a digital world, and London in the real one.
She went from frazzled office worker whose creativity was in a puddle at the bottom of the career ladder to a thriving writer and creative entrepreneur when she slowed down long enough to breathe. Now she helps others reclaim time and headspace for what really matters.
The Department Store for the Mind is a place to explore the world inside your head: a vast and unique terrain of thoughts, ideas, emotions and memories.
They think the journey into our own minds is the most challenging but worthwhile adventure any of us can embark on. As with any great adventure, it helps to have good kit and their products are designed to help you navigate your inner landscape, discovering and celebrating your best capacities. You can search the store by collection or by mood. You will find it full of things that are touching, thought-provoking and soul-stretching. It is a place you can enjoy both getting lost and feeling found, because they think they are two sides of the same coin when it comes to self-discovery.
How often have you chomped down lunch while working at your computer and you haven’t really noticed what you’ve eaten? Have you got in a rut with cooking and need to spice things up? Are you interested in exploring food and flavour? If so, Food At Heart is for you.
The events and articles provide a little creative inspiration for home cooks, whatever stage of cooking you’re at. Founder Meredith Whitely's aim through Food At Heart is to help you fully connect with food and cooking. It’s about using all your senses, taking time to experiment – and, most importantly, having fun. Being able to cook and prepare food is an important part of eating well and healthily. Meredith truly believes it’s essential to wellbeing and therefore happiness. Food is about more than feeding the mouth; it’s an important way to feed your mind and creative spirit. Meredith encourages you to stop, pause and taste: there’s a whole world of flavours out there waiting to meet you.
Corpão (pronounced 'Cor-Pow') Fitness encourages a Brazilian-inspired, active lifestyle through group fitness classes, events and personal training. Established in New York City in 2012 by Brazilian-American personal trainer, Chardét Durbin, Corpão Fitness brings a unique Brazilian flavour to the London fitness scene with samba, Brazilian hip-hop dancing, capoeira (Brazilian martial art) and classic lower body exercises straight from Brazilian gyms and beaches.
Corpão roughly translated means 'amazing body' in Brazilian Portuguese and there's more than a few in Brazil! But fitness in Brazil is not just about training hard - it's about adopting a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying life. Having always wanted to celebrate her culture with others, Chardét has lived all over the world but Brazil has always remained her home; captivated by its unique energy where you feel more relaxed, welcome, confident and inspired.
Thoughtful is an online magazine and creative community connecting people who care about the way they live with those who care about the things they make. Design-driven and mission-led, they champion people, places and things making it possible to live well while making a difference.
Founder Daianna Karaian likes to live well. Great design, good food, exciting travel… she knows these things have an impact on the world around her, and she doesn’t want to leave a trail of destruction in her wake. But she also doesn’t want to sacrifice the things that make her happy.
Cue Thoughtful. Chefs making outstanding meals using local and seasonal produce. Designers upcycling everything from fashion to furniture, to make stuff that’s even better. Entrepreneurs building successful businesses that solve more problems than they create. More and more, human creativity and generosity are making it easier for each of us to live the lifestyle we want while changing things for the better, every day in every little way.
That’s where Thoughtful comes in. They search the globe for people, places and things making a real difference in the world… and doing it with irresistible style and aplomb. They share their stories in an online magazine, inspiring readers to buy, make and live thoughtfully. And, through a creative studio Thoughtful Works, where they work hard to make this way of doing business the norm.