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In Support of Independents

November 15, 2017Susan

Seeking out independent shops is something I love to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I do shop online too, but there is something very special (even old-fashioned) in visiting an actual shop, owned and run by actual humans. The personal service, for one thing, owners will get to know you by name.

I find the individual tastes of the shop owners are so vividly executed too. Through stock and merchandising, the independent owner creates their vision. So much so, that when going back into a regular high street chain, it can feel dull, dreary and despite their best efforts, and bigger budgets, boring.

Today I’m sharing three independents in the North West that are carving out their own places on the high street.

In a world where there are so many Goliath’s, I’m all for supporting the David’s. The Underdogs, the dreamers. The black sheep.

These shops that have been created with the hope and vision that we all don’t have to (or want to) buy from the same place, wear the same things or follow the same crowd.

Championing the maker, supporting the local economy and keeping the high street alive. There are so many high streets littered with betting shops and charity shops now. Indie’s will, if we let them, save us.

Featured indie shops

  • 49 Hilton Street/Beaumont Organic

Situated in the thriving Northern Quarter in Manchester (on 49 Hilton Street no less!) is the new home of Beaumont Organic. Before opening at number 49 this ethical womenswear brand was based online. Now they continue to sell their products internationally via the website and have a beautiful 3-storey shop too. Beaumont Organic create “contemporary conscious clothing”, the shop also stocks smaller products such as ceramics, candles and some gorgeous leather handbags. Because the shop is spread across three floors it is the ideal spot for workshops and events too, jewellery making and macrame are just a couple of the recent workshops they’ve facilitated with local makers.

49 Hilton Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 2EF and at https://www.beaumontorganic.com/

organic and ethical leather goods in MAnchester

  • Lomas & Lomas

Further afield but well worth a day trip is Lomas and Lomas in the beautiful village of Hayfield, Derbyshire. This is the brainchild of husband and wife team Sharon and Garry Lomas. Previously working in an office Sharon developed different side hustles to enable her to be more creative. Gary is a photographer and eventually, they came up with this idea that they could combine their creative talents in a photography gallery and homeware shop. All the homeware is developed from ideas, imagery and themes from Garry’s photography. They also sell ranges from local makers too.

The Old Butchers Shop, Market Street, Hayfield, Derbyshire SK22 2EW and at https://www.lomasandlomas.co.uk/

independent shop hayfield

  • Form Lifestyle Store

Back in the Northern Quarter again, and into Form which is housed in the sweetest building that feels so unexpected from where it is situated. It actually has a special heritage plaque outside on this row. It is the last surviving building of the one up one down type, built in 1787.  Again, this is the creation of a visionary couple. I love the holistic and artisan feel of this shop. There are loads of plants around the place and the most beautiful wrought iron spiral staircase leading to a workshop area upstairs. It feels like a real treat visiting Form, like a special secret place, but one that I actually think you should all visit!

6 Bradley Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1EH and at https://form-shop.com/

form lifestyle plant shelf pretty planters exposed brick

What are the local independent shops where you live like?

Do you share my views on the future of our high streets? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (26)

  • Kirsty

    November 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Ah susie! This is such a beautiful post and I hope people do shop local this year!

    1. Susie

      November 15, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Thanks so much Kirsty! I bet there are some great shops in Margate!

  • kate

    November 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    You know I love Beaumont and Form already but omg, I need to get myself across to Lomas & Lomas soon! So happy there are so many fab independents popping up in and around Mcr x

    1. Susie

      November 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Yeah! I’d combine a visit to Lomas and Lomas with a pub lunch and a walk. Such a beautiful part of the world

    2. Lomas & Lomas

      November 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Kate, come and visit us anytime 🙂

  • Ellie

    November 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I’m a big fan of supporting small business! I live in a village which still has a really popular local greengrocer/butcher/fishmonger and it’s so nice that they’ve been around so long!

    1. Susie

      November 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Yes! We’ve sadly lost a greengrocer near us. It’d been there for years!

  • MissPond

    November 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I really need to check out these places when I’m up north next weekend. We have some great independents near us in Worcester. I always much prefer supporting locals.

    1. Susie

      November 15, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Yes!! Do check them out< thanks for stopping by x

  • Lucy

    November 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I totally share your view! We need all independent stores. I’m so envious of your shops there. Some great taste going on! X

    1. Susie

      November 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Oh, you’d love it, Lucy! If you ever get the chance to visit, do let me know x

  • catesthill

    November 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I love browsing an independent shop, they’re so much more personable and personalised. In Herne Hill where I live we have a lovely little one called Lowie, you’d love the clothes and homeware! x

    1. Susie

      November 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Ah that’s great you’ve somewhere close!

  • kathryn

    November 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Ooh such fab little shops. There’s a place in Skipton called Maud’s House that i really want to check out too. Great post xx

    1. Susie

      November 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      That sounds cute! Thanks for stopping by!

  • freshdesignblog

    November 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This is such a good thing to do! As much as I enjoy popular high street stores, it’s so important to shop at and support independents as well.

    1. Susie

      November 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Glad you agree! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sophie

    November 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing some travelling around the beautiful UK. I think I may have found 3 destinations that are a “must-visit” thanks for sharing!

    1. Susie

      November 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Ah thanks! Let me know if you need any more suggestions

    2. Lomas & Lomas

      November 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Sophie, You will be most welcome anytime you want to visit us 🙂

  • Carole King

    November 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Hear, hear Susie. I love a small independent shop and these three all look lovely. Wish I was up north. x

    1. Susie

      November 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      You should come and visit!

  • Stacey Sheppard

    November 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Little independent shops are so much more interesting and fun and there is normally a great story behind them. These three look great.

    1. Susie

      November 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      That is so true Stacey!

  • Bec

    November 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions Susie – it’s reminded me to visit these places. Not been to Hayfield for ages either. One of the places I visit regularly is Rose and Bumble in Urmston – lots of beautiful homewares and she has lots of lovely Christmas decorations. Love bec xx

    1. Susie

      November 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Urmston has so much great stuff going on at the moment. Will have a look next time I’m there. Thanks

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