After a wonderful first day of being inspired by London, we were off to learn what life in England was like outside of the city. We first stayed with our good friends in Petersfield, a small beautiful town about an hour outside of London.
We explored the town of Petersfield in just one day and loved it. In the center of the square were booths set up with local entrepreneurs selling everything from vintage clothing to handmade scarves to homemade honey and everything else in between. All of the vendors were either from Petersfield or its surrounding small towns.
We loved seeing this as it reminded us of the wonderful time we had sharing LOOTB with others at the Carmel Art & Film Festival when we were back in California. It made us want to get back at spreading LOOTB in person to people–there’s nothing quite like interacting with those who learn and support what you’ve created.
We love that entrepreneurial feeling of people making something and then just going out and making it happen. Our friends told us that there was another similar market in a small town about an hour south of Petersfield called Chichester. We decided to go check it out as it was on the way down to Jonathon’s uncle’s house that we were going to stay at near Arundel.
The historic streets of Chichester were filled with even more vendors from around the area selling their unique gifts to residents walking around. We were surrounded by locals who were supporting their local businesses, which created a tight knit community. It was wonderful to see that this was a priority to the people in these small towns and made us better understand the needs and wants of the people around here. Handmade items here might cost a bit more than an item from a big corporation, but if it’s high quality & unique then many people, including us, prefer supporting the artisans over a corporation.
A few days later, we headed to Arundel to see the castle and the small town next to it. It was similar to Petersfield and Chichester as all of the shops were small, niche and owned by locals. There wasn’t a chain store to be found. We stopped into a pub to grab a pint and take in the local scene. Everyone around us knew each other–it was another very close community. The smaller the business, the more personal it was.
We learned more than we ever thought we would in these small countryside towns of England, but what each of them taught us was vital to us young entrepreneurs. Personal connection is something that all of us crave and appreciate and it’s unfortunately become so rare to find these days. It inspiring to see small businesses here thrive because of just that and gave us great insight for what we want LOOTB to maintain as we grow.