A recent photography commission took me on a whistle-stop tour of several small Cardiff businesses. As a micro Cardiff business itself, Composed Images is always interested in and inspired by others. That is, however briefly (and some were extremely brief) and whatever their industry. Everyone has a different business story to tell.
American Express runs an annual initiative called Shop Small. There are versions of this in the US and the UK. Shop Small UK involves the promotion of small businesses throughout the UK by teaming up local bloggers with photographers. They then go around and review the small businesses, before adding a post all about them.
Composed Images was teamed up with Cardiff lifestyle blogger Dawn of Dressmeperfect. We had a blast sampling the many delights local Cardiff businesses had to offer. You can read Dawn’s blog about her favourite Cardiff businesses here.
The family run Servini’s café in the Wyndham Arcade of Cardiff City Centre has an authentic feeling Italian ambience. But it knows its place in the heart of the Welsh Capital too, serving welshcakes and tea, both of which were enjoyed by Dawn.
A feeling of well-kept secrecy shrouds the inauspicious rear entrance to the Dead Canary, also in Cardiff City Centre. Dawn urged me ahead of her and I wasn’t sure if I was the gullible victim of a prank in ringing the buzzer. But it was answered by a genial host. The dark moody lighting gives a relaxed vibe around the bar, while the rustic décor in other areas offers a special identity.
Despite not being a regular in beauty salons, it was clear that this place oozed a strong level of class. Situated in the leafy affluent Pontcanna surroundings of Cathedral Road, the building has heaps of style and skilled staff. (I almost said they were a ‘cut above’ but stopped myself).
Back in Cardiff city centre on Churchill Way is the vivid Steak of The Art Restaurant. Its regular rotation of art on the walls of a small gallery is complemented by a colourful layout. There’s a mix of different conversation pieces, some of which you can actually dine inside. Altogether, it creates a wholly novel eating experience.
Set back a little from the centre in Tremorfa industrial estate is deAO Toys. This business sells a range of different toys, including a remote controlled JCB which Dawn had a lot of fun with!
Just next door to deAO Toys is Bear Strength, a clothing brand which specialises in innovative fitness wear. It sells numerous lines of crossfit clothing including hoodies, sweaters, vests and leggings, for him and her.
In the heart of Cardiff Bay is a genuinely innovative Indian restaurant which appears to have scooped most prizes going. The presentation of dishes at Moksh was mouthwatering and flawless in equal measure.
A short drive out of Cardiff was the Bunch of Grapes pub in Pontypridd. A homely feeling and authentic Welsh valleys pub, Dawn sampled a traditional fish and chips along with half an ale.
If you need photography for your local Cardiff business, large or small, please get in touch.