It's Independents Day today. All of us are being encouraged to buy at least one item from a local, independent company.
Staying Cool is very proud to be a small, independent and we use
our buying power to support other companies like us. For instance,
the cafetiere coffee in our Rotunda apartments is supplied by
Coffee Company, which now has three outlets in
Birmingham and is taking on the corporate coffee chains in the
city, and we buy thousands of juicing oranges a year from the local
We also actively seek out independents for bigger purchases. We bought our sofas from naughtone, who design and manufacture near Harrogate, and Heather at Eclectic Chair in Leeds handmakes cushions and curtains for us.
We were excited to see that one of our favourite Birmingham restaurants, Purnell's, has won the prestigious BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012.
This award sees Purnell's beating world-renowned restaurants, such as Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir de Quatre Saisons, to first place. You can read Square Meal's full top 50 UK list here.
Turners also made the grade at number 36.
June 2013Staying Cool at the Rotunda
"There are no bellhops nor a gym...instead you get a Mac Mini, free Wi-Fi, an espresso machine and a juicer (oranges included)." The New York Times
"Self catering couldn't be more groovy." The Telegraph's Stella magazine
"I liked the fact that all the food products were fairtrade/organic (excellent!). The flat was lovely, wish I had somewhere like that in London.." Kate Cater, Life & Style Editor, The Guardian