Head down to Dulwich Village on October 1st, 2016 for Britain’s first pop-up Sustainable Department Store, showcasing the best of Britain’s independent and ethical businesses.
The Blue Patch Department Store will open its doors for the day on October 1st, giving customers the opportunity to browse and buy from a selection of innovative, sustainable and high quality creations made by some of Britain’s best designers and producers.
The makers are part of our Blue Patch Collective, a social enterprise that curates and sells the very best products from British manufacturers and independent workshops on its online marketplace.
In true department store fashion there will be something for everyone. Choose from delicious chocolate, handmade rugs and bespoke cabinetry, to organic beauty products and hand woven Pear Pods. You will even find cutting edge renewable technology in the form of a Tesla Power Wall.
There will be a cookery demonstration by Tim, chef and co-owner of Franklins Restaurant and Farm Shop in East Dulwich and the chance to see ‘before and after’ upholstery from The London Chair Collective.
At midday The Mayor of Southwark Cllr Kath Whittam will officially open the store and announce the winners of the Blue Patch New Business Awards and the launch of the Blue Patch menteeship for 2016/17.
We’ll be celebrating the launch of a fresh new clothing line from Mr Dulwich and seeing what’s new in contemporary British design with a product launch by Katie Walker Furniture (she also made Prince George’s high chair).
Everyone’s welcome to join the afternoon conversation ‘High Streets of the Future’ chaired by the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood Helen Hayes, along with an expert panel of economists, environmentalists and business champions to help get the ideas flowing.
‘I’m excited to be opening the Blue Patch pop up department store, a great social enterprise which will support local businesses, promote sustainability and add choice and diversity to our high streets. I look forward to seeing Blue Patch flourish in Dulwich and West Norwood.’ Helen Hayes MP.
Connexions Cuisine will be providing a pop up cafe along with a prize of a tea for four people.
Read about the founder of Connexions Cuisine, Michele Jones here… the blog
We’re really looking forward to gathering our wonderful enterprises under one roof. This event is a milestone for the Blue Patch community so please do come and meet the people behind some of the most dynamic businesses in Britain.
Buying locally manufactured products strengthens the UK wide economy.
We’re a social enterprise too, 100% of our income supports sustainable business, community and conservation programmes.
We really hope you will join us on October 1st to share and celebrate the UK’s vibrant local economy.
Save the date
Saturday October 1st
10 am – 6 pm
St Barnabas Parish Hall
23 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BT