Meet our Founder

Hello, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Lindsay, the founder of Shop Dorset, and I live locally in Poole. 

I’ll admit I’m an in-blower to this beautiful county, having first become a regular visitor throughout my twenties when I spent many weekends here with my friends who were all members of a London diving club. Though not sporty myself, as they explored the beautiful bays immersed under the sea, I enjoyed relaxing on the stunning beaches and having my own adventures on awesome coastal walks. After falling in love with Dorset, I decided to move here in my thirties and have since embraced this gorgeous county and all it has to offer for almost twenty years now (although saying that does give away my age!).

I ran The Dorset Art & Craft Show hosting events in Dorchester, Bridport, Abbotsbury, Weymouth and Sherborne for several years. Over 50 artists and craftspeople exhibited wonderful and unique items to appreciative visitors. In my professional roles, I’ve sold advertising for Dorset magazine which gave me an opportunity to get involved with lots of activities, events and places around Dorset, as well as creating promotional opportunities for Dorset business, such as the Christmas shopping feature I established for the publication. I’ve also worked for a local marketing agency and Bournemouth University since moving down here. I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to call this beautiful county my home. My dog Lottie gets regularly pampered with long beach walks which we both thoroughly enjoy all year round. Swimming in the sea is another treat of mine, although I’ll admit I’m not brave enough to accept the challenge of this in the Winter months, unlike some I watch in awe.

However, rebuilding Shop Dorset is a new challenge for me which I’m very excited about. I think it gives us an opportunity to build a fabulous network of local business where we can support one another and share our passion for this beautiful county and all it has to offer. I hope you enjoy Shop Dorset and engage with many of our lovely retailers. After all, I truly believe that life is more rewarding when you shop local.   

Best wishes,


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