Alison Lang Design

Wednesday Market 9.00am to 2pm
East Street (near central traffic lights)

The shocking pink awning is the giveaway and promises a brighter world. Inside, Alison Lang, an illustrator and designer of international renown who has pitched her tent among us, sells her very classy tea towels, T-shirts and soaps.

Alison is originally from Toronto, where she trained at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Canada’s premier art school. When she moved to London, she produced weekly illustrations for The Sunday Times, as well as the New Statesman and many other publications and book covers. (To see more of Alison’s work visit her website

Now resident in West Dorset, her screen-printed tea towels celebrate Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis as well as Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd, with three choices of colours. There are also T-shirts of West Bay in all men’s and women’s sizes and homemade cold-process Jurassic soap.

Alison Lang Designs will soon be available to buy online via


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Oleo Body Care

Oleo Body Care
West Street, north side

It took Olivia Chapman quite a while to find her vocation. She hated grammar school and left early; she travelled and worked for several years in the Far East; she bought and ran the Knapp Inn in Beaminster with her partner, Mike; she was employed variously as a cook, a child carer, a cleaner; and then, contemplating middle-age, she decided to study.

A part-time course in anatomy, physiology and massage was followed by a first-class honours degree in health science from Bournemouth University and a further course in advanced massage and aromatherapy. Now Olivia has a complementary business, selling natural skin, hair and body products which she herself blends, and offering aromatherapy massage. Her best-selling face cream is a national award-winner but it is Olivia’s calmness and warmth which is most valued by her clients.

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Mercato Italiano

Italy2Mercato Italiano (Italian Market)
Proprietor – Ilaria Padouani
West Street, South Side
Bridport DT6 3QN
Saturday and Wednesday markets
Last Friday of the month: Langport Market
Open: 8 – mid-afternoon

A slice of Italy comes to Bridport. Ilaria Padouani, dark-haired and flamboyant, has been selling Italian cheeses, salamis, pancetta, olive oil and other products on her stall since the autumn of 2013. Originally from Verona, she took a degree course in the science of gastronomy at the University of Parma, Italy3worked for Italian food and wine companies and came to Britain in 2010. She imports cheese and meat directly from Italy, supplying local restaurants and offering her customers a range of hard-to-find specialities, such as Ubriaco, ‘drunken cheese’, which is soaked in wine. She has well-aged Pecorino and Parmesan and a generous nature. If the price is a few pence over the round number, you’ll normally be let off.

By |October 1st, 2014|Food & Drink, Market Stalls|0 Comments

The West-Country Higgler

Higgler2The West-Country Higgler
Proprietor – Laurence Norman
East Street, North Side
Bridport DT6 3LL
Open: 8 – mid-afternoon
Saturday and Wednesday markets
(also Bridport Antiques Centre, Sunday and Monday)

Look for the Land Rover, stripped to bare metal, and there you will find the Higgler (itinerant merchant, term used in Richardson’s Clarissa and Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles), aka Laurence Norman. When Laurence, aged 22, started his coffee, tea and west-country fare business, he offered four blends of coffee and two teas. A year later, after selling some 20,000 cups of coffee at markets, events, even weddings, he offers nine blends of coffee (beans or grounds) and 36 teas, including one with leaves grown in Cornwall.

The ‘house’ coffee from his Fracino machine is blended by an artisan coffee roaster in Budleigh Salterton. It’s strong, with a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. There are a few tables, so you can sit and watch Laurence working flat out. He’s quite the entrepreneur: young and ambitious and maybe on his way to surpassing Starbucks.
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