A new store opening soon on Portobello is New Zealand based natural health company, Comvita. It seems an odd choice of location to me, but I wish them well in their venture as I really like the ethos behind the brand and the products / ranges look really good.
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A cute way to get your pint in the morning. From what I can gather this milk dispenser outside Tus supermarket in Slovenia churns out fresh milk for 1 Euro per litre – there’s also information on the time and date it was milked.
A little while ago I blogged about the new food packaging and merchandising at Starbucks. It was a thumbs up from me as I love the simple black background and white chalk aesthetic. It looks like Tesco dig blackboard chic too…check out the their Finest Restaurant Collection range….very similar.
The new Ben’s Cookies store on Oxford Street is cute yet chic. It’s a great use of teeny-tiny space too.
What’s happening in LA? : Crisps/ snacks @ Wholefoods
1. Falafel chips – made with chickpeas, an apparently healthy crisp which is high in protein and Middle Eastern flavour.
2. Hippie Chips with hemp (seed)- another healthy crisp option which claims to have 50% less fat than regular crisps. I love the fun hippy name – very en vogue – but it’s a shame that they don’t offer some kind of omega benefit which hemp is known for.
3. Glenny’s Soy Crisps – think these have been around for a while…low fat (s0me as low as 1g of fat per bag) and healthier than ‘regular’ crisps.
4. Dried Mulberries– look a bit like anaemic raspberries, apparently high in antioxidants including the resveratrol.
5. Terramazon Sachi Inchi – seeds from the fruit of a herbaceous vine native to the Amazon rainforest. Rich in omega 3,6 and 9.
6. Terramazon Yacon slices – melon tasting semi dried slices taken from the root of the Yacon plant. Amongst other benefits these are prebiotic.
Frozen yoghurt is big business in the US – particularly in SoCal where a mild weather lifestyle meets a health conscious consumer. Despite issues with market saturation and the economic downturn, fro-yo still remains popular and it is slowly growing a fanbase in the UK with a number of joints popping up over London and the South East. Frozen yoghurt is the ultimate healthy snack being (generally) fat-free, delicious and tastes kind of like ice cream. Due to its frozen nature, it also takes a while to eat – so you get to indulge for longer and eat less calories than you would with a stack of biscuits or a chocolate bar.
Trends in the UK?
Whether we see soy or hemp crisps on our shelves or not, it’s certain that more innovative, healthier snack options will be available to the consumer soon. For example, take Pret founder Julian Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn – at approx 3g of fat a bag, it’s a far better choice nutritionally than a packet of crisps – it tastes yummy too. And with fro-yo – cute, small independent operations are opening up all over London – but might this extend to the big boys too? Sushi chain Itsu (another Julian Metcalfe venture) offers this healthy treat so could we see coffee chains or even McDonalds following suit?
I admit to being quite partial to my daily latte from Starbucks, but never have I been tempted by their food offer – cheap and nasty looking pastries in a soulless and uninspiring counter display. How many people have I seen grab their morning coffee from Starbucks only to choose their breakfast treat from the Paul’s nearby (where the displays are beautiful and product authentic).
But now Starbucks have done a re-haul with their food. The Live Well range is a healthier and more wholesome affair with new products and better ingredients…but what’s interesting is how appealing and stylish it looks thanks to a chic but really simple black design theme – which includes the pack, marketing material and cleverly, the black ‘boards’ which the products sit on. It’s so effective that I catch myself staring at the food and contemplating a purchase. On the occasions that I’ve visited, the counters have been pretty empty so I’m wondering if I’m not alone with these thoughts!
I had a whizz around Top Drawer at the weekend and these suppliers caught my eye :
Cable and Cotton lights. Eye-catching, colourful, well-priced and appeals to a broad range of customers – grown-ups and kids. Very commercial.
Lulu and Nat home and lifestyle range. I love the pattern and colours of everything in this collection which is handcrafted and made in India. I can see this brand becoming quite cultish.
Curious Chocolate. The original styling of this stand caught my eye as did the lovely packaging.
Somerville Scarves. Love the cool and funky designs. Wear them or frame them.
Ice cream bars are popping up all over London. Much like the gourmet chocolate and cupcake stores/cafes trend of the last few years * ice cream dine n’ retail seems to be where it’s at now.
Some examples west-side include upscale gelataria Gelato Mio on Holland Park Road which has opened another branch at Notting Hill Gate, the recently opened (and very nice) Ca’puccino cafe at Westfields which offers a big range of delicious home made ice creams, and pop up shop Icecreamists opens today in Selfridges offering a wild and fabulous range of flavours.
* …btw – new cupcake store opening on Kensington Park Road soon….
I tried to take back a t-shirt to American Apparel today and was told that it was exchange or credit note only. I’m sure I’ve taken stuff back before and got a full refund, and unless I’m dreaming it, I also remember being wowed by the very generous 90 day (or thereabouts) grace period too. It must have been ages ago as I don’t often buy AmAp.
I’m disappointed by this mean policy which goes against the company’s cool, people-centric image, and it really isn’t in line with other high street stores who target such a young audience. I was given the impression that many angry parents vent their frustration about this issue too.
I noticed that a Mary Quant shop is going to open in the Duke of York Square, off the Kings Road in Chelsea. Looking forward to it.