Tell us a bit about your business
Bubbles & Light, we love all things British, handmade and natural. We stock, candles, diffusers, bath & body, and skincare. All our products are handmade, and natural, no parabens, no petrochemicals, no lead wicks, no sls, our candles are predominately eco soya wax, we stock 6 vegan ranges, including vegan bath & body, vegan soap, vegan skincare, 97% of our suppliers are small cottage industries, putting back in to the economy, and supporting small independent businesses.
What do you love most about Hampstead? What makes it different to other areas of London?
Hampstead has a buzz, it is very historic and some wonderful people.
Hampstead is different to other parts of London for its unique style, its wonderful history, how many people have Kenwood house on their doorstep, Keats house, Burgh house, The Spaniards Inn, home of Dick Turpin.
Art galleries and of course Hampstead Heath itself, where I love to walk my dogs.,
What were your motivations for starting the business?
We love all things British, handmade and distinctive; goods that have been carefully and responsibly created in the UK. So opening a shop in which we sold only the finest soaps and candles this country has to offer was a natural way to channel our energies. Constantly scouring the country, we look for artisan soap and candle makers who have the same passion and love of all things natural as do we. We think that our growing collection is representative of some of those committed cottage industries who offer a fantastic individual, different and superior products.
What are your biggest challenges as an independent Retail shop?
In this day and age, opening a new retail shop, you have to be social media savvy, online shopping up and running, high rent and business rates.
Besides yourselves, what’s your favourite independent Hampstead business?
The beauty boutique, Ida has renovated the old Mystical fairy shop, in to a wonderful, relaxing day spa.
What could local people be doing more of to help Hampstead traders?
Local people could shop in the small independent shops and continue to keep Hampstead a destination for all people travelling to London, put the village back in to Hampstead Village.
BUBBLES & LIGHT
9 Flask Walk
London NW3 1HJ
020 7435 8473