PrestonPeople

 

By Kally Draycott, Coworking Space Co-ordinator & Host. 



On Instagram, we do a regular feature called #PrestonPeople, in which we feature a local person, group, or business. We’ve chatted with all sorts of Preston locals, from restaraunteurs to influencers to artists to brewers.

 

 


Here’s a small selection of our favourites from the past few months!

1.) Tell us a bit about you and what you do
Helloo! I’m Georgia – Maia, full time public health nurse and part time illustrator!

2.) Where do you get inspiration for your work?
Inspiration comes in all forms for me!! I take inspiration from nature, cups of tea and what’s around me in my home town of Lancashire. I love drawing people who I create in my day dreams who usually are wearing outfits I adore! Bold colours, pretty pastels, florals and botanicals are my favourites!

3.) What do you love about being in Preston?
Having been born and raised in Preston I consider myself a proud Prestonian and can’t get over the transformation our little city has had in the last few years! There’s a real independent business movement at the minute which is so exciting to me!! We’re so lucky to have such glorious parks and nature on our door step! You needn’t travel far to be inspired!

4.) What is your “go to” local business in Preston?
HOLY GROUNDS (no explanation required)

Thanks for sharing with us Georgia, we love your work and what you’re doing! Follow Georgia for more gorgeous illustrations on instagram at @georgiamaiaillustrations 

 

1) Tell us a bit about you & what you do:

 

Heya I’m Ash, I make art mainly through photography both analogue and digitally.

 

2) Where do you get inspiration for your work?

 

I look at both contemporary and historical photography, attend exhibitions, visit art galleries as often as possible while taking much inspiration from the built environment.

 

3) What do you love about being in Preston?

 

The people, the characters, the creatives, the sense of community and the culture of openness we have here, oh and the bus station!

 

4) What is your “go to” local business in Preston?

 

Tough one to call here; it’s a toss up between Once Was Lost and Jonah’s, Jonah’s do the best coffee in town so they win.



Thanks for sharing with us Ash, we love your work and what you’re doing! Follow Ash for more incredible photography 
@ashley.hardman.1

1.) Tell us a bit about you & what you do:

Hello!! I’m Lucy, owner of 
Origin Bakehouse. We serve all day brunch, homemade bakes – cakes, cookies, tarts, pastries + bread and speciality coffee. Focusing on making as much as possible ourselves.

2.) What do you love about being in Preston?


I love how full of independents our city has come to be! and being a part of the community of businesses/creatives/people we have on instagram

3.) What is your favourite thing about running a business?

I love the freedom I have with my ideas and how Origin taught me that i’m more creative than i thought. All the new skills i’ve learned – latte art, customer service, bread and pastry making. Before we opened, 2.5 years ago, I would never decorate the cakes i made further than a drizzle of icing and now I’m focusing on creating multiple beautiful bakes 4 days a week! The unfiltered joy i feel when the counter is wiped out or someone takes the time to post/send us a message regarding their visit or food.  

4.) Other than Origin, what is your go-to local business in Preston?

Jonah’s for an oat flat white, because coffee!!!

1) Tell us a bit about you & what you do:

I’m Ryan, 31, from Preston and have lived here my whole life. I have a full time job as an electrician and run Chain House Brewing Co. in the rest of my time outside of that (for the last 5 years). 

 

 

2) What inspired you to get into Brewing? Why have you chosen Preston as your base?

I got into brewing by actually drinking some American Pale Ales around 9 years ago, and decided to try and replicate them after watching some homebrew videos on YouTube. I got really into it and 4 years down the line decided to start the brewery selling my beer. 

Preston is my hometown, I have grown up here and had the same job since high school- it just has everything I need here and is a pretty cool city when you get to know it. 

 

3) What do you love about being in Preston?

Preston always has a lot going on. I grew up BMXing around Preston, going out watching gigs (although there’s not so many these days), there’s a really nice independent culture here that’s growing rapidly. 

 

 

 

4) What is your “go to” local business in Preston?

I can’t really name one- but as a beer drinker I’d say Plug & Taps is my local, but there are loads of great places to grab a beer. There’s also a lot of great independent food venues, especially along Friargate.