Hello & Welcome to My Block

We're Christine & Karishma, two of the Co-Founders of Belfast Design Week (and My Block!) and owners of independent businesses.

Over the past few years our work has centred around supporting and platforming creative businesses be it through events, commissions, podcasts, publications or projects. The idea for My Block came about at the start of lockdown. We could see the world changing in real-time due to the pandemic and also in turn how that was starting to affect businesses.  Some business owners were forced to shut shop, others to pivot to new areas of business and some moved trade online for the first time.

We also noticed the increased support for local businesses with the general public becoming much more aware of what was in their neighbourhood or "block." We wanted to start something to support independent businesses in the short-term but that would continue to have a lasting impact and that's how we came up with the initial idea for My Block - a curated online platform championing NI's independent business and culture.

Inspired by Independent Liverpool, The Shopkeepers and On The Grid we wanted to put together something that was accessible, design-led and showcased a wide range of independent businesses.

We want My Block to be a place for people to discover great new local independent businesses, find things to do locally and to make the most of the rich and diverse indie landscape we have here!  We want it to be easy to find different kinds of businesses in one place and to find out more about the people running the businesses.

Most importantly, we want you to be a part of My Block. If you're an independent business, we'd love to add you to our directory and if you've a local business recommendation we'd love to hear from you.

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We'll be sharing our own story as it unfolds, stories from local independent businesses, things to do & much more in the coming weeks.