Over the past couple of weeks, the City of Arcades campaign has been encouraging people across Cardiff to VOTE FOR THEIR FAVOURITE INDEPENDENT BUSINESS in any one of our wonderful arcades. THERE ARE ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
HERE’S HOW TO VOTE:
Go to the City of Arcades website and click through to the arcade where your favourite shop is (you may need to explore the site first to work out which is which).
We voted for Spillers Records! Which you can find in the Morgan Arcade section, bbz. Although we’re not telling you how to vote, obvs.
When you find your store listed, CLICK THE HEART ICON (circled below). You can’t vote from the store’s actual information page (as they don’t all have them) – you can only vote in this list view.
The top 10 stores will be featured in an ad campaign in Cardiff, Bristol, and Bath, so it’s some great exposure for our lovely local independent businesses! ALSO anyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win a £100 FOR Cardiff Gift Card.
Voting is open until midnight on 22 July 2018. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARCADE BUSINESS and help them get a spot in the City of Arcades Top 10! Go to thecityofarcades.com, follow the steps above, and KABOOM.
Once you’ve voted (or maybe before), do spend some time exploring the City of Arcades website. There are some lovely video interviews with different businesses – this is the Spillers Records interview with Ashley …
Also we love this interview with Matthew Pritchard, owner of Sleep When You’re Dead in the High Street Arcade …
Aaaaand this with lovely Kas from Waterloo Tea in the Wyndham Arcade …
As Adrian Field, Executive Director of FOR Cardiff, says: “If you frequently visit a café or buy gifts from a certain shop, make sure you get behind the business to help them get on the top 10 list. Looking at the current top 20, it’s all still to play for!”
Dyfed Bowen, General Manager of Rules of Play in Castle Arcade, says: “The support we’ve received since the campaign launched has been incredible. It makes us feel special to see that hundreds of people have voted for us so far, especially when you look at all the other well-known shops in the arcades such as Barkers Coffee and Science Cream.”
Aw. All the feels.
To make sure your favourite independent gets the recognition it deserves in the campaign later this year, MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!
There’s more about the City of Arcades on the socials …
Cardiff’s arcades form such an important part of the city centre’s identity. If you’re interested in learning more, see our other posts:
- Walking Cardiff’s arcades
- A – Z of Cardiff: A is for arcades
- Amy – ‘I’ve loved Cardiff’s arcades for as long as I can remember’
- Info for Cardiff freshers and newcomers to the city
- RIP Catapult 100% Vinyl
More about the City of Arcades
The campaign is being run by For Cardiff, an organisation that represents businesses in Cardiff’s city centre (known as the business improvement district, or BID). A BID is an arrangement where central businesses can make decisions about the improvements they want to make in their city centre, and have a say in the amount they think should be spent on these improvements. BIDs are usually run by not for profit companies, controlled by the businesses that fund them. This post is kindly sponsored by the City of Arcades, helping us keep the social purpose at the heart of We Are Cardiff.