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Katie Cardew launches new Stamford Map featuring town's independent businesses and the Mercury




A new map featuring Stamford's independent businesses was launched at Katie Cardew Illustrations open studios event.

The event was held at her King's Cliffe location last night (Friday) and continues today (Saturday, July 20) from 11am to 3pm.

The map features dozens of Stamford-based independent businesses and was partly inspired by the #ShopStamford campaign as Katie was thinking of updating her previous version.

Katie Cardew launches her new Stamford Map
Katie Cardew launches her new Stamford Map

In February, the Mercury assisted Katie in appealing for businesses to put themselves forward to be included. The Mercury itself is also included.

The Stamford Mercury on the map
The Stamford Mercury on the map

Katie said she was delighted at the outcome and pleased with the response to her fifth open studios event, in which guests enjoyed drinks from The Gin Hut.

Katie said: "We've tried to include as many businesses as we possible can. I love it and it's really a reflection of the quirky, individual town that Stamford is.

"It's also our way of saying thank you to Stamford. We might not be based in the town but we very much think of it as our town."

The project was a labour of love, taking more than six months to complete, with each business being individually drawn in a large size and then scaled down.

Guests at the Katie Cardew open studios event and launch of the Stamford Map
Guests at the Katie Cardew open studios event and launch of the Stamford Map

Among the business owners to be at the launch of the map were Louise and Richard Wright, who own Frothys Coffee Shop in Ironmonger Street.

Louise put herself forward to be included as a fan of Katie's work and they bought a copy to display in the shop.

She said: "We thought Frothys should be included as it's a community hub really as much as a cafe. We're absolutely delighted with the outcome, it looks amazing."

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