‘For these interested in a little bit of quirk’: readers’ favorite indie retailers | Buying journeys

Profitable tip: Magical emporium, Bridport, Dorset

Ink & Web page is a magical emporium, the brainchild of artist Kim Squirrell and her bookbinder husband David. Behind the beautiful early Victorian frontage, with its delicate gothic ironwork, is a treasure trove of handstitched notebooks and sketchbooks, letterpress playing cards and prints. Alongside the attractive stationery made within the first-floor workshop, there’s a choice of work by native craftspeople, from ceramicists to textile artists. Ink & Web page is a celebration of the handwritten, handprinted and handcrafted – a go-to place for a considerate reward and the proper gradual purchasing expertise.
Karen Heaney

Christmas is on this store’s DNA, Cambridge

Bene’t Avenue is thought for the Eagle pub, the place Crick and Watson introduced their DNA analysis breakthrough in 1953. The road can also be dwelling to Podarok, a pleasant reward store. Small however full of eye-catching gadgets, the store’s identify is Russian for reward, reflecting the birthplace of the unique proprietor. From rainbow-hued bicycle spoke reflectors, to purses in basic e-book designs, to earrings formed as purple squirrels, there’s a high quality reward for a variety of tastes and budgets – notably for these interested in a little bit of quirk.
Sharon Pinner

Exceptional and recycled, Corbridge, Northumberland

RE Homeware store in Corbridge

I like the philosophy as a lot because the eclectic choice of homeware and items offered by RE, in its cavernous store in Bishops Yard. The ethos centres on REmarkable, REcycled, REscued and REstored, and its quirky vary contains leaf garlands constituted of salvaged phone directories, and toasting forks from Northumberland blacksmiths. RE sources inventory from native craftspeople and from everywhere in the world: it provides many Fairtrade gadgets, making certain that items are ethically produced.

Feat of clay, Rye, East Sussex

Rye Pottery

Rye Pottery is a phenomenal store that has been producing charming handmade and painted by hand ceramics since 1869. From distinctive kitchen tiles to charming Sussex Pigs, there’s a lot right here to soak up and recognize. The hand-thrown “little purple clay” vases are so fashionable and timeless they might make the proper reward for any stoneware lover. The store intertwines Sussex historical past with pottery based mostly on 1066 and the Bayeux tapestry. It additionally provides personalised items so you may actually discover one thing distinctive this Christmas.
Rebecca James

Wares from the Wirral, Merseyside

Concept Corner shop
Idea Nook store {Photograph}: Ian Chantler

Idea Nook is an impartial reward store in New Brighton promoting handmade gadgets from native artists. It’s a welcoming house that helps and grows native expertise. From uncooked crystals, hug-in-a-box tokens or vegan soaps there’s at all times one thing new and one thing I like. Its scarves, candles, work and jewelry make nice items. Many gadgets are illustrated with depictions of the native space and as it’s located near the River Mersey, there’s an emphasis on nautical themes. A vegan baker is commonly in residence on the weekend – good for refuelling after shopping.
U Watson

Treats from Italy, St Albans

Buongiornoitalia St Albans
{Photograph}: Vanessa Wright

Buongiorno Italia deli has been in St Albans for greater than 40 years and the proprietor, Tony, is aware of virtually each buyer by identify. At Christmas, it’s stacked from flooring to ceiling with panettone (with fruit) and pandoro (with out fruit) in each conceivable flavour, like a pile of presents. The deli counter is filled with cheeses, cured meats and cannoli (crispy tubes crammed with pistachio or chocolate), however right now of yr, six sizes of hampers are lined up on the bench in entrance, full of prosecco, pasta and panforte. And there are many miniature pre-mixed bottles of Aperol spritz or limoncello in the event you want any additional Christmas spirit!
Vanessa Wright


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Christmas casts its spell, Ironbridge, Shropshire

The Little Christmas Store of Ironbridge is a superb place to move to for decorations. Most are moderately priced, beginning at about £3. Set in a phenomenal location overlooking the world’s oldest main forged iron bridge (opened in 1781) the place seems to be beautiful because it will get darkish.
Michelle Nicholls

The artwork of Paignton, Devon

Lollipops and Roses in Paignton Devon is an artwork and craft store crammed with probably the most pleasant ins and outs. You’re surrounded with so many lovely handmade crafts you gained’t know the place to look first. Pebble artwork, jewelry, image frames, upcycled items and extra this store is an Aladdin’s Cave for individuals who adore good issues. Step inside: the magical items created right here will heat your coronary heart.
Nichola Legge

Cloud cuckoo land, North Yorkshire

Cloud Cuckoo is as attractive from the surface as it’s inside, and is an unashamedly girly place to browse. In addition to dwelling furnishings and painted by hand furnishings, proprietor Kimberley shares a tasteful choice of elegant items made by native craftspeople. They’re moderately priced and embody lovely soy wax melts, silver bracelets cleverly packaged for a variety of events, and “good pouches” crafted from vegan leather-based.

Heathen heaven, Glastonbury

Goddess Temple Presents is a picturesque and idiosyncratic store, good for items you gained’t discover wherever else. It’s a haven for artists to promote their fabulous goddess creations in myriad completely different shapes and kinds. My favorite seasonal reward in 2021 is a 100% pure hand-blended incense, infused with sacred intent to convey the vitality of the Woman of Avalon into your property house. It is available in a phenomenal glass pot for £6.50 for 25g.
Lynne Sedgmore

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