This blog is a re-issue of an earlier blog I thought it a great opportunity to share again in light of Small Business Saturday this weekend.
As someone lucky enough to live in and be part of a town which has a large array of small and independent businesses, I am passionate about supporting it’s high street. So here are SYW’s Leamington favourites, old and new. The key that binds them all together is that personal touch and service you get, one thing is for sure wherever you go in Leamington there is always a warm welcome.
Lilac Rose – 69 Regent Street, L.Spa www.facebook.com/lilacrosesshop
I cannot make a trip into town without stopping in at this gorgeous boutique (in fact if I try my husband asks if I am ill!) Offering individual vintage style clothing, accessories and gifts. Staffed by a lovely, friendly, team who are always prepared to help out, offer opinions and give further information on the ranges stocked, which include Closet, Darling and Emily and Finn. Will appeal to those who like classic with a modern twist. Perfect for sourcing that great little dress that will see you through a variety of events or for that go with everything pretty scarf. – Also has a shop in Cambridge.
Revolve – 88 Warwick Street, L Spa www.revolvefashions.co.uk
High on the glamour factor and great at bringing that feel to everyday outfits, that’s how I would describe this Leamington institution. Their window displays really stand out and I long for the lifestyle they depict, whether it’s a pair of suede ankle boots teamed with jeans and statement jacket or a selection of their evening gowns. Whether you are looking for an everyday outfit with that special touch or something more formal, you are in good hands with the Revolve team to help you look and feel a million dollars.
Karabo – 40 Warwick Street, L Spa www.karaboclothing.co.uk
Independent boutique focusing on brands that aren’t seen everywhere, mostly separates and casual dressing. One of my best purchases ever was a quirky take on the waxed jacket by the brand “Not the Same”, practical but still stylish. Great line in shoes and bags, one client I took shopping here bought the most comfortable pair of shoes she ever had. I have an orange clutch purchased here that people often mistake for designer. They have a fab selection of branded jeans including “Not Your Daughters”. My go to place when I am looking for something that lifts me out of the plain old jeans and jumper rut.
Peter Stephan – 98 Warwick Street, L Spa www.peterstephan.co.uk
For jewellery and watches Colin and Sandy bring the personal touch and make you feel as if your purchase is worth thousands even if you are spending considerably less. Extremely knowledgeable and skilled jewellers, they will always take the time to explain the differences in the pieces on offer. They will also help give ideas or even narrow down your choices when you can’t decide. Offering good value too, I sourced 3 bridesmaids gifts here well within my modest budget. Perfect for special occasions or just that little treat.
If you fancy something quirky or the latest must have in trendy & fashion jewellery, then Fabulous Collections, 20 Lower Mall, Royal Priors Centre, L Spa. www.fabulouscollections.co.uk a recent discovery is also worth a visit, stocking brands such as Nikki Lissoni, Folli Follie, Pandora and Chlobo.
Clements & Church – 23 Park Street, L Spa. www.clementsandchurch.co.uk
The men of Leamington could do with a few more boutique offerings for casual wear but on the smart/formal side they are extremely well served by Clements & Church. Despite the rapid expansion (outposts in Birmingham, Solihull & Oxford), you always receive personal service and recognition along with expert knowledge when you visit this store. Offering formal wear including tuxedos, suits, shirts and blazers from tailors skilled in their trade. Only a limited number of each suit or blazer is produced, meaning you feel as though you have purchased a bespoke piece without the bespoke price tag.
Sarah Horne – 86 Warwick Street, L Spa. www.sarahhorne.net
As a Chelsea Flower Show medallist you might think this would be home to the priciest flowers on the high street, not the case. The flowers are great value and are superior in quality to others I have purchased. The team are welcoming and happy to lend a hand in choosing from their array of, not only bouquets and flowers but innovative gifts such as the arrangements in china tea cups (a favourite of mine) to the outstanding range of own brand organic massage candles which I have gifted to friends and family and all have raved about them.
McIntosh & Paul – 133 Regent Street, L Spa. www.mcintoshandpaul.co.uk
A gift for that someone special who has everything or that hard to buy for relative, stop in at this local boutique and you are sure to be able to find something that fits the bill. As with all my favourites once again it’s the excellent friendly welcome and knowledge of their products that make it a hit with customers.
When you need a rest from all that shopping, you are spoilt for choice for relaxing with refreshments….
Haddie & Trilby, 10 Regent Street, L Spa, www.haddieandtrilby.com
Billed as a Real Bakery and named after the L.Spa elephants, this is a real gem. Freshly baked on the premises in full view with local and in season ingredients the choices of breads and cakes are seemingly endless. The products are simply heavenly from my Saturday treat of fresh foccacia to the creative cakes coupled with the knowledgable and passionate staff, every visit makes you smile. If only all food could be made and bought this way. Highly recommend the Thursday night pizzas.
Vinteas, 16 Park Street, L Spa, www.vinteas.co.uk
has capitalised on the trend for tea, serving from an extensive menu in a retro setting complete with mismatched vintage china. I always feel as though I should dress up 1950’s style with white gloves, a pill box hat and a Grace Kelly style handbag. It offers full afternoon teas or just a pot for two. In my opinion no visit is complete without a slice of their red velvet cake, heaven. If tea isn’t your thing you could get the South American vibe by visiting:-
Havana, 48 Warwick Street, L Spa. www.cafehavana.co.uk. Its Cuban inspired décor and small but perfectly formed outside area, make me feel like I am on holiday. Serving sandwiches, salads and tapas and the best coffee in Leamington, it’s equally perfect for breakfast, lunch or a coffee stop in the daytime or sipping fizz and sangria and dinner in the evening. Wednesday nights it hosts salsa classes.
Restaurant 23 & Morgan’s Bar, 34 Hamilton Terrace, L Spa. www.restaurant23.co.uk for a taste of fine dining or early evening cocktails. A gorgeous setting in the form of a restored regency villa. You can almost pretend the bar complete with table service is your own living room (well I can dream can’t I?).
Who would make the little black book of your town? Share your favourites with us on FB, Twitter or the website. If they are Leamington based use the #LoveLeam.
Make this weekend and beyond about supporting your local businesses.
Thanks to Leamington BID for the reproduction of the stock images used in this blog piece.Tags: 6 December 2014, accessories, afternoon tea, boutiques, cafes, dining, fashion, Guide, independent businesses, jewellery, local high street, restaurant, retail, Roayl Leamington Spa, Shopping, Small Business Saturday, warwickshire