The Plot is an alternative shopping arcade that keeps growing. This building is bringing new activity and opportunities into our community and creating a link for local residents living behind on to Union Street.
Inspired by allotments, we are renting out the space patch by patch to local businesses and individuals who want to grow a great idea that benefits our community and the street.
We have taken on this building because it was moving from one use to another without getting the care it needed. We spent a lot of time clearing, scrubbing, repairing years of neglect to make it somewhere on the street that is a great place to be.
You will find a Nudger in the building Tuesday to Saturday 11-5pm, keep reading to find out who the great businesses are! #lovesmallbiz
Who has a patch?
Jabulani – Diversity Business Incubator moved into the Plot in June 2020 and opened an international food court filled with far flung cuisine in September 2020. You will find Plymouth Jollof Kitchen serving a Nigerian spicy treat , Elsie’s Habesha brings food straight from Eritrean & Ethiopia, Jabulani coffee bar serving beans from Rhwanda, and African Delights with their tasty African dishes.
Open to sit in or takeaway Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-6pm.
BB Excel Designs – Bridget has recently joined The Plot with her recent venture into the fashion world, but with an African twist. Bridget designs, sells, and custom tailors clothing that is vibrant and joyous. She also alters clothing for all those who needs adjustments or repairs. Alongside her business venture Bridget is studying fashion design take a look at her latest creations here.
Plymouth Energy Community a charity and social enterprise made up of members who want a better future for our community and planet. They advise people on how to be more energy efficient and save money when heating your home. PEC moved their curtain bank into a shed in October 2020. They share the space with Art & Energy who are an artist collective who talk about climate change in different and interactive ways. Currently they are making 20,000 milk bottle moths to take to Glasgow for COP26 – help be part of it here.
The GreenHouse – Plymouth University moved into the greenhouse in February 2020 with a health tech pop up, exploring how technology can help people live healthily independently, cope with loneliness and support long term health conditions. The GreenHouse is open for tech explorations every Thursday 1pm-5pm and you can stay update with all GreenHouse events here
WonderZoo is a community arts collective specialising in spoken word and performance events, workshops and activities. They work in a dynamic way with the local community and creatives throughout the city. You can find Chi and Slain of WonderZoo in there office space here at The Plot or you can follow their Facebook page to stay updated on their events.
Plymouth Hope is a charity who promote social inclusion and raises awareness of different racial groups in Plymouth. They do this through sport, youth clubs and adult support groups. They work closely with schools and during Covid 19 they helped refugees and asylum seekers stay connected and get online. They moved into The Plot in December 2020, their office is a great base for drop ins and even have a table tennis club on Wednesdays. Check out the Hope festival coming up on August 14th here.
Omnium Radio is an inclusive radio station that gives everyone the opportunity to be involved and learn radio, no matter your abilities. They have a studio in The Plot that runs a range of different shows over the week from dance, rock, classics, live local music and a talk it out show. Something for everyone and they love requests!
Azza Gasmin is a local artist, designer and blogger who specialises in joining her Saudi and Stonehouse roots. Azza produces works of art, social media assets and community engaged pieces that art colourful, current, and abstract. You can find her most days in her studio at The Plot working on her diverse creative projects.
The Studio Kitchen – Artist on furlough Carmen Wong is a food researcher and a curiously hungry nomad. It’s also the home of Jar Squad, who offer regular assemblies where you can join in on jam making and food conversations that promote circular systems of food production, preservation, and communal abundance. Have a read of their jar squad currency when you pop in.
The Care Nest is a safe and confidential trauma-sensitive therapy practice for adults, providing one-to-one sessions using a combination of life coaching, mindfulness, and body-mind integration practices. Book a session with Helen through Facebook or emailing email@example.com
Creative Curiosities SW offer blended Creative, Therapeutic and Adventurous Activities to neurodivergent children and young people. We aim to reduce social isolation and exclusion from education and employment, and are working towards the creation of a neurodiverse theatre and music production company. Stay up to date on their Facebook.
Smarta Reductions work with businesses especially small businesses to get them the best deal on utilities like electric and wifi. If Joedy or Alice can’t save you at least 10% on at least one service they will take you out to lunch! Get in touch here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sheep Shed is run by artist Mary Toon, who specialises in producing handmade felt artwork. Mary has volunteered for Stonehouse Action and later Nudge for over 6 years, she decided to take the leap into having her own studio shed earlier this year. Mary is a member of Drawn to the Valley network and has made some beautiful unique signs for Plot tenants. You be sure to find the most quirky gifts in Plymouth with her. Pop in to see her vibrant shed or get in touch for a commission email@example.com
Plymouth Parkour is a free running organisation which provide classes for kids and adults. They also offer opportunities for athletics and encourage talent development. Plymouth Parkor currently run indoor sessions with Street Factory CIC and Lipson community College. Get in touch with Magic to book your session today.
The Love Shack is community interest company- Free Radical Creations. A creative hub and marketplace and aim to be a source of inspiration for anyone who walks in. Pick up unique handmade tee’s, hoodies, and cool multiverse prints. Tom would love to show you around their shed.
The Plot has had two tenants who have grown and moved onto their second premisses. It’s been a pleasure to see these independent businesses flourish within the community as well as inspire other local entrepreneurs.
Budda Hut – Jo from the Budda Hut began his journey at The Plot in 2021 where he begun Plymouth’s first independent CBD shop. He quickly queried his second premises in the independent quarter of the city centre.
The Original Fruitcakes – Vintage clothing seller Poppy began her first shop at The Plot where she excelled quickly to a larger shop on the Barbican. As well as her shop Poppy continues to grow her online presence and inspire other local women in the community to begin their own businesses. Shop The Original Fruitcakes for some classic vintage pieces.
Pop Ups and Events
Regular Pop Ups
Thursdays – Baking Wisbeys is at The Plot with tasty baked goods. Vegan options are also available. Naomi is there from 11-4pm.
Every Friday and Saturday – Kolls Kurious with Colleen who sells vintage designer clothing and homeware anytime from 11-4pm. You can also catch Colleen on Omnium Radio live from 7pm with her tunes to ease you into that Friday feeling.
Interested in joining?
We always have a Nudger in The Plot! Give us a wave or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss renting!
We are currently looking for people to rent a table pop up one day a week to sell. Get in touch if you want to try it out, it’s only a tenner for the day! #joinus