Friday, 24 February 2012

Hidden treasures on the High Street

We know it's popular to moan about the British High Street - all the same shops, ranges, bars and cafés in every town around the country. And we agree! It's so dull! But in our role as wholesalers, I have to say that we come across the most wonderful little independent shops the length and breadth of the UK. They are often small and family owned, selling brilliantly unique ranges of gifts and home accessories, all chosen by the owner of the store and fitting their particular individual vision of what a shop should look like.

We'd like to celebrate these shops and their owners - they have so much to offer beyond what the multi nationals and the chains can give us. They provide wonderful service and fantastic customer care; they have unusual and one-off products that you won't find everywhere; they can be beautiful, stylish, fashionable or eccentric - or all four! They are definitely worth seeking out, and they definitely deserve your support. And they might just make you fall in love with the British High Street again.

So from time to time we're going to bring to your attention independent High Street retailers that we've found on our travels which we think are doing their bit to keep their High Street pretty, busy and different: if you're not in the area, check out the websites!

Sixthehighstreet, Narbeth
So, the first in our series of Hidden Treasures on the High Street is the wonderful - and appropriately named - Sixthehighstreet. Situated in a townhouse in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, Sixthehighstreet is absolutley bursting with character: on offer is a unique and inspiring colletion of beautiful homewares, gifts, jewellery and clothing. Owner Jenny combines the traditional with the contemporary for a fabulously personal mix, and her favourite Retreat lines this season include:
Vintage Heart Photo Frame

Vintage Rose Cosmetic Bag
Vintage Patchwork Cosmetic Bag

Vintage Love Cushion
Duck Egg Patchwork Cushion

We say, lucky Narbeth to have this gem in their midst!

If you come across a high street retailer you'd like us to look at - or indeed if you ARE a high street independent retailer - let us know. We want to spread the word!

With love

Sam xx

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