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As published on Guide2Bristol.

shopstogetherIndependent shopkeepers in Bristol are offering an alternative to supermarkets with the launch of a new same day home delivery service.

Seven shops on Bristol’s famous Gloucester Road have joined up as Shopstogether.com. Shoppers can shop online, selecting a range of food, wine and household goods from Joes Bakery, The Fish Shop, The Olive Shed, Grape and Grind, La Ruca, Oxley’s Butchers and Bargain World.

Shopstogether.com is the brain child of Gloucester Road fishmonger Dan Stern. Dan told Guide2Bristol, “We know many people want to shop local but work and other pressures means this is not always easy. Parking, work and child care can all be barriers and the situation is not helped by supermarkets opening on or near high streets. We hope this new home delivery service can help,” says Stern, owner of the The Fish Shop.

Shopstogether.com has also partnered with the Bristol Pound so people can pay for their shopping with a local currency.

Michael Lloyd-Jones from the Bristol Pound says his organisation wholeheartedly supports the new scheme: “How we eat and shop for what we eat is becoming a mainstream issue for many people. Bristol is helping to lead this change. People want to buy locally from real people they know and trust. And local shopping means more money stays in Bristol which has to be a good thing!”

Shopstogether.com currently delivers to BS6 and BS7 postcodes with plans to deliver Bristol wide in the coming months. Delivery costs £2.99 and shoppers need to spend a minumum of £30 across the any of the seven shops involved. It is believed to be first service of its kind in the Southwest but similar concepts operate in London and Manchester.

Shopstogether.com was designed by Bristol webdesigners responsible for another local shopping website The Bristol Shop, which sells a range products that have been designed and made by people in Bristol.

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