Summer in the Palace

Believe it or not, summer 2019 is upon us! Come rain or shine, the Crystal Palace Triangle traders have everything you need for a spectacular summer.

We have curated a summer edit of products to inspire you and encourage you to shop locally for that summer party, picnic or festival.

The triangle is the beating heart of this vibrant Crystal Palace community. We have an abundance of independent shops so let’s keep it that way by supporting these small businesses where we can!

Picnic in the palace…

Ditch the supermarket and online delivery and treat yourselves to some delights from Urban Cellar, Decorum and Smash Bang Wallop.  Pack a basket, get lost in the maze, hire a pedalo and then dine with the dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park. Here’s a few ideas to pimp up your picnic!

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Sustainable and stylish picnic-ware

Wholegrain snacks by Nicolas Vahé from Decorum £3.75

Ecoffee cup by Bonfrer from Decorum £11.00

Set of 3 bamboo containers by Madam Stoltz from Elkins £29.00

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The perfect picnic dress

Dress by Emily and Fin from Smash Bang Wallop £75.00

Bee necklace by Alex Monroe from Smash Bang Wallop £150.00

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I’ll be there in a Prosecco

Prosecco by La Vita Sociale from Urban Cellar £11.95.

Crisp and delicious with aromatic apple and pear aromas on the nose, followed by a crisp palate of succulent fruits. Gently foamy, just off-dry and with an enticing, bright finish. Perfect with light meat and fish dishes. ” Urban Cellar

Champagne glass by Nkuku from Smash Bang Wallop £7.95

Pizza board by Nkuku from Smash Bang Wallop from £39.95

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Pizza in the park

Wooden pizza board by Nkuku from Smash Bang Wallop from £29.95

Mixed metal cheese knives from Smash Bang Wallop £29.95

Margarita glass by  Nkuku from Smash Bang Wallop £5.95

Ikat print cushion by Hubsch from Smash Bang Wallop £49.95

 

House Party!

Don’t worry about the rain, we’ve got you covered with ideas for turning your house into the ultimate party venue. Load up your drinks trolley with bottles from Urban Cellar and become a margarita master with a book from Brave Girl.

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Good vibes only

Pom pom bunting by Sass & Belle from Brave Girl £9.00

White Gingham heart T-shirt by Daphnea Paris from Brave Girl £16.00

Good vibes pin by Old English from Brave Girl £9.00

Hot dog book by Abrams & Chronical from Brave Girl £16.99

Toucan card by Hutch Cassidy from Elkins £3.95

Pool scene card by Wrap from Elkins £3.75

Hand printed tassel scarf from Smash Bang Wallop £49.95

Canopy Brockwell IPA from Urban Cellar £2.95

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Don’t worry beer happy!

Canopy Brockwell IPA from Urban Cellar £2.95

“Juicy, tropical and crushable and full of citra hops. A beer to enjoy in the sunshine and with a barbecue.” Ken, Urban Cellar

Gipsy Hill Brewery Hepcat session IPA from Urban Cellar £2.95

“Hepcat’s strong line-up of Mosaic, Citra, Ekuanot and Motueka hops combine to produce an intensely tropical-citrus hit. It’s inviting orange hue speaks of what’s to come.” Urban Cellar

Signal lager from Urban Cellar £2.95.

“Brewed in Croydon, a bright European style lager, with a traditional malt base and a light, uneasy finish. Perfect for a summer afternoon.” Urban Cellar

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Let the fun beGIN!

Anno Kent dry gin from Urban Cellar £38.95.

“This multi-award winning gin incorporates luscious, local botanicals such as hops, samphire and florals from the Kent countryside, creating an outstanding and smooth gin with a unique flavour.” Urban Cellar

Monstera faux leaf from Decorum £19.00

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A post party clear up with style!

Lake Wine tea towel by Incognito from Brave Girl £11.50

Sunglasses from Brave Girl prices from £8.95

Summer Home

Update your home with this year’s summer interior trends. Use wicker, wood and macramé to create a 70’s Scandi feel. Fill your home with foliage (natural or faux) for a contemporary look.

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70’s Scandi

Macramé hanging planter from Decorum £22.00

Faux hanging succulent from Decorum £20.00

Rafia placemat by Bloomingville from Elkins £9.45

Wooden serving platter by Bloomingville from Elkins £22.00

Concrete and gold planter by Sass and Belle from Brave Girl £11.00

‘A Nature Poem For Everyday’ edited by Jane McMorland-Hunter from Elkins £18.99

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Alfresco

Leaf print top by Compañia Fantastica from Elkins £29.00

Set of 3 bamboo containers by Madam Stoltz from Elkins £29.00

Grey bowl from Decorum £14.00

Grey salad servers from Decorum £10.00

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Balmy summer nights

Christian Water glasses from Decorum £9.00 each

Christian Carafe from Decorum £36.00

Tipsy wine stopper from Decorum £34.00

Wooden herringbone tray from Smash Bang Wallop £59.95

Tajinaste Tradicional wine from Urban Cellar £19.95 , 

“From Northern Tenerife there is more fruit than the average. Black ripe fruit mixed with shades of yogurt, pepper and spiced nuances. A very lively and tasteful red that portrays its origin and its manufacturer to perfection. Great with red meat an stews.” Urban Cellar

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Alfresco dinning at home

Rush basket by Madam Stoltz from Elkins £18.00

Wooden pea pod serving dish by Bloomingville from Elkins £22.00

Tapenade by Nicolas Vahé from Decorum £6.50

Ecoffee cup by Bonfrer from Decorum £11.00

Set of 4 linen napkins from Decorum £35.00

Mixed metal cheese knives from Smash Bang Wallop £29.95

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Wake up and smell the rosé

Les Oliviers rosé from Urban Cellar £8.75

“From Languedoc, France, pale salmon pink in the glass with delicate aromas of meadow flowers. The luscious blend has abundant rich berry flavours from the Grenache and a satisfying tang from the Cinsault. Dry but with noticeable roundness and fresh finish. Best served chilled, this rosé is ideal for lunchtime and with mediterranean cuisine.” Urban Cellar

Mediterranee rosé from Urban Cellar £9.95

“A worthy competitor to the Provencal Roses, this French still rose from the South Rhone Valley has aromas of citrus and red fruits and is elegant, fresh and round on the palate. Great as an aperitif or with grilled fish and salad.” Urban Cellar

 

Post Festival Recovery

Keep that festival euphoria glow for a little longer and treat yourself to a reviving spa experience at home.  Smash Bang Wallop, Elkins and Brave Girl can revive you with their selection of amazing scented products.

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Overindulgence survival kit by Men’s Society from Brave Girl £19.00

Crystal Palace Print from Decorum £12

Hello Sunshine energising body oil by Moa from Brave Girl £22.50

Mandarin and Geranium hand and body wash by Savon Stories from Elkins £17.00

Orchard Garden soap by Savon Stories from Elkins £7.00

 

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Summer skin treat

Coconut blossom body butter by Lovely from Brave Girl £22.50

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Crystal Palace spa

Emma’s Soap and Shampoo bar from Smash Bang Wallop £4.95

Wicker tray by Nkuku from Smash Bang Wallop from £29.95

Spa Recovery bath salts by SBW from Smash Bang Wallop £8.95

Silver star necklace by Just Trade from Smash Bang Wallop £18.95

 

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Shop SE19 and keep your high street alive!

 

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought ‘just a card‘ we’d still be open”  Just A Card.

 

We all love the triangle’s uniqueness but our amazing independent traders can only survive if we shop with them.  Put your money where your mouth is and remember to shop local.

Wishing you a fantastic summer from everyone involved in SE19 Lates!

 

This Blog has been brought to you by: 

Kate at Embold – Management, Marketing and Social Media for SE19 Lates.

Nicole and Claire of Social Style Pro– Blog and SE19 Lates Instagram

Our Amazing Independent Traders:

Smash Bang Wallop

Urban Cellar

Elkins

Brave Girl

Decorum

Cat Arwell – Blog Photography

Brown & Green Life  – Shoot location

 

The Top 3 places to work remotely in SE19… Part 2.

Working from home can often mean you are distracted by ‘life admin’ so a cafe with delicious cake and wifi is often a welcome second office for freelancers.

We decided to survey the local freelancer community to find out where their favourite places to work are in Crystal Palace. We Launched our blog on Friday with a Q&A from the winner – The Paxton Centre. Coming in closely behind, in second place, was Dalhousie!

We love the vibrant independent scene in Crystal Palace and as such we want to use our blog to highlight local business. We are also curious to know what motivated them to set up and what keeps them motivated.

” every aspect of the experience must be a treat”.

Dalhousie

You can find Dalhousie on Westow Street. Their philosophy is simple: every aspect of the experience must be a treat. It’s not enough to serve the best cakes, or the freshest coffee. It’s about excellence of service, fresh flowers on the table, the comfort of a wood burning stove, the atmosphere. Dalhousie is a place to relax and let the world go by. Their chocolates are hand made by a family business in Brighton using traditional copper pans; their Victoria Sponge is finished with Wilkin’s Tiptree jam; their cakes are freshly homemade every day. Upstairs on a week day you can often find Laptops lined up and people quietly tapping away over a coffee.

Q1. Hi Derek tell us a little about you?

A1. I was born and bred in Toronto Canada, and moved to London 3 years ago. I’m a foodie who appreciates global cuisine. My favourite cocktail is a Negroni and I also cannot say no to champagne or English Sparkling!

Q2 .When did you first conceive the idea of Dalhousie and how long did it take you to get it off the ground?

A2. Prior to moving from Toronto, I decided to follow my life’s passion and dream and open my first cake and coffee shop in the heart of Crystal Palace. The entire process took exactly nine months. The building dates back to the early 19th Century, and was once the local dairy shop.

Q3. What is a typical day for you in your business?

A3. No one day is ever the same! My time can be split between spending time in the store with our amazing customers. Baking at home everyday and most importantly I am constantly looking for inspiration and new ways to enhance and bring a “sense of pleasure” to our customer’s experience.

Q4. What was the best advice you were given when starting up?

A4. Stay true to yourself. Always believe in your brand and surround yourself with people who believe in your brand.

Q5. What is your top tip for motivating yourself to keep focussed and grow the business?

A5. The philosophy behind Dalhousie is that every aspect of the experience must be a treat.

I must be living my best life, gaining customer satisfaction and building a brand that I can be proud of and that focus keeps me going.

Are you a local freelancer who loves to work from Dalhousie? Tell us why you like it and which of the cakes you can’t work without!

You can find Dalhousie here:

1 Westow Street, Crystal Palace. SE19.

Web http://dalhousie.london/home.php

Twitter https://twitter.com/DalhousieLondon

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dalhousielondon/?hl=en

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DalhousieLondon/

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The Top 3 places to work remotely in SE19 Part 1… as voted for by the Crystal Palace Freelancers group.

The Top 3 places to work remotely in SE19 Part 1… as voted for by the Crystal Palace Freelancers group.

Crystal Palace has a thriving freelancer and small business community. The Freelancer Facebook group is now heading towards 1000 members, so Nicole and I decided to run a (not very scientific) poll to find out the top 3 places to remote work in and around SE19.  We are lucky to have so many great independent spaces to work in and there were certainly a lot of suggestions, but the votes are in and there were 3 clear winners…

1st Place:  The Paxton Centre, Anerley Hill.

2nd Place:  Dalhousie – Westow Street.

3rd Place:  Brown & Green – Church Road.

Over the next few days, we will run a series of mini Q & A blogs to chat with each winner to find out a little about them, what inspired their business and what motivates them to keep growing. We kick off today with our winner!

The Paxton Centre

The Paxton Centre, owned and run by Beth Mander. The Paxton Centre is a creative hub, and cafe. It provides hot desks, creative workshops and activities, evening events, venue hire and a gallery/ shop to sell local work from artists and creators. It is located on Anerley Hill just opposite Crystal Palace train station.

Beth also offers a co- working space in a bright venue. You can ‘rent’ a desk for £5 which includes a hot drink and Wifi. On the first Thursday of the month she hosts the Freelancers ‘Jelly’ meeting organised by Crystal Palace Freelancers Facebook group, which is free to attend.

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“My Business ethos is to run the centre to promote the local economy, encourage skill sharing and build friendships”.

Q1. Beth tell us a little about you?

A1. I have lived in Crystal Palace for 5 years. I previously worked in catering for 20 years, however while bringing up my 3 children, I trained with City and Guilds in Pottery and also studied Enamelling and business studies, gaining a teaching qualification at the same time.

First I had a studio on the triangle making, selling and teaching Pottery. I took over the running of ‘Handmade Palace’ – a collaborative Craft stall in Crystal Palace Food Market, selling locally created art and crafts and grew this into a thriving business. During this time I have made contacts and friends with many local organisations and community groups and I love to collaborate and connect people.

Q2.When did you first come up with the idea for The Paxton Centre and how long did it take you to get it off the ground?

A2. The Paxton Centre was an idea I have been working towards for 10 years. I wanted a space combining a café and  art and craft shop offering workshops and courses. The beautiful building, a historic pub ‘The Paxton Arms Hotel’ was in existence for 154 years. I had noticed it as an ideal venue and when it became available, I jumped at the chance to take over the lease and set up business here.

I opened six weeks after the opportunity became a reality! I started it with a very small amount of investment, some furniture from my house and my art and craft contacts. The Centre has evolved over the last two years, and in addition we host live music and open mic nights supporting many other creatives and offer private hire for parties plus local group meetings, clubs, forums and events.

The hot desk space housed on the mezzanine has become very popular because it offers a desk in a vibrant environment and freelancers can stay all day for a small fee.

My Business ethos is to run the centre to promote the local economy, encourage skill sharing and build friendships.

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Q3. What is a typical week for you at the Centre?

A3. A typical week at The Paxton Centre would be running the café a couple of days during the week and at weekends. I teach Pottery 2 nights a week here too. The rest of the week I answer enquiries from artists / craftspeople wanting to get involved, book workshops and events, plus follow through my ideas to bring new and interesting elements to the centre. I like to think of myself as Creative Director but am also the cleaner with many roles in-between!

Q4. What was the best advice you were given when starting up?

A4. I started the business with no fear but lots of determination and energy I guess because I had visualised it for so long it seemed the natural progression I had been working towards. After 2 years the Centre has become too big for me to manage on my own and I now have a ‘steering group’ team with me who offer advice and practical solutions to problems that occur and how we can take it to the next level, which I am very grateful for!

“I would rather make a go of the business and fail then spending my life wondering if it would have worked”.

Q5. What is your top tip for motivating yourself to keep focussed and grow the business?

A5. A desire to succeed and create a community space for local people to come together. I always felt I would rather make a go of the business and fail, than spend my life wondering if it would have worked. As it is, the community has very much supported me and still do and I believe The Paxton Centre is a niche business that could be replicated in other towns. I find the future very exciting and filled with endless possibilities.

Have you been to The Paxton Centre? What is your experience of being a freelancer in SE19? We would love to hear from you!

 

You can find The Paxton centre here:

The Paxton Centre, 52 Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AE

Web www.thepaxtoncentre.co.uk

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thepaxtoncentre/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ThepaxtonC

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thepaxtoncentre/

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