There's a cool new little Skateshop in Nottingham city centre called Forty Two. It's got a great vibe about it, the guys that work there seem pretty cool. They skate themselves and know their stuff. Rumour is they've even got a ramp in the basement?
What to buy: They've got some cool brands like Supra, Vans and Converse. Probably the biggest selection of decks I've ever seen!
What to pay: Prices are excellent, some bargains.
My kids and I were shouted at the minute we entered this card shop. My 9 year old son left a 1cm gap when attempting to shut the door, which apparently warranted the start of the tirade that was to follow.
I asked where the 'With Sympathy' cards were as a relative had recently died. I was totally ignored. Thankfully, I discovered them with my kids help.
Then, at the till, God help me, I dared to put my light handbag on a stack of boxes of cards. This conversation really did happen:
Shop owner "Move your bag."
Shop owner "I said 'Move your bag'."
Me (a bit speechless)
Shop owner "You are crushing all the boxes. Im running this store and I cant sell boxes of crushed cards. Move your handbag."
Shop Owner "How can you expect me to sell crushed cards? Move your handbag!!"
Me (more speechless)
Shop owner "Look I don't care if Ive offended you. This is my shop. Do you still want this card or not?"
By this time, my youngsters, sensing a tense atmosphere were clutching at my coat sleeves.
Shop owner "Really, I dont care if Ive offended you. Its my shop"
Yep, get the message love
I should have just left shouldn't I? I quite liked the card though, so I bought it. Rest assured I won't be going back and if I can forewarn anyone else about this revolting woman, I feel I have done some good
What to buy: Based on customer service, I'd obviously say don't waste your time buying anything from this shop. It is not deserving of any reasonable persons custom. She did appear to have a good selection of stuff though, to be fair.
What to pay: As little as possible
The Cheese Shop sells great cheeses (obviously!) ...try the local stilton... but it also sells loads of deli treats from Britain and elsewhere. It's a bit hidden away in passageway full of upmarket boutiques but is right in the heart of the shopping centre.
What to buy: Stilton cheese from a Nottinghamshire village called Cropwell Bishop
Whilst I was at University the owner came to give us a talk on how he set up his business, from trawling the car boot sales and filling up his own house with design objects to opening his first shop, there are now three of them in Nottingham.
Nottingham NG1 1JF
T: 0115 941 5577
Nottingham NG1 2DD
T: 0115 979 9940
Contract Furniture and Administration
1A Westdale Lane
T: 0115 940 4884
What to buy: Any piece of modern 20th-21st Century design objects, I'm sure they could get their hands on one for you.
If you fancy something a little bit different, funky and modern then this is the shop for you, it is set over 3 floors - plenty to see touch & feel.
They provide free delivery in Nottingham & good prices for delivery nationwide.
What to pay: various
Most people walk through the busy Old Market Square in Nottingham without ever knowing that Dollars Urban Wear even exists. Tucked away up a little side street this hidden gem of a shop offers the most amazing range of hip hop clothing imported from America and Europe and stocks the largest range of custom New Era caps in the Midlands. They can even put your name on any hat or item of clothing using their embroidery machine in just minutes. The range of clothing has to be seen to be believed. Designers include Apple Bottoms, Akademiks, Rocawear, Phat farm, Two Angle, Makaveli Branded and many more.
What to buy: Hip hop clothing and New Era caps for boys, girls, men and women. Also a fabulous selection of designer hand bags for mums!
What to pay: £15 and upwards. Prices are very reasonable compared with other retailers and the stock is a lot newer.
This is a tiny shop selling second hand vinyl and c.d's. It's shelves are packed to the ceiling and you'll have to spend a long time searching through stuff but your bound to find a couple of (cheap) gems.
What to buy: Second hand shops are great for a bargain and some countries, Spain for example, don't have many of them.
What to pay: 50p to £4 or £5
I used to pop in here every once in a while when I lived in Nottingham and it's a treasure trove! You see things you see in all the design books and glossy magazines. They have a good website where you can browse through some of the objects they have. They even sell Danish Clogs!
Monday - Saturday
10am - 5pm
What to buy: A very specialised shop with beautiful design items.
Nottingham is famous for its lace and the Lace Centre is where you will find the best quality traditional lace. If you are going to buy souvenirs of your trip to Nottingham, call in here after visiting the castle and Robin Hood Statue, which are just opposite.
What to buy: You can buy every type of lace product here, from tablecloths to curtains. A top-quality, lace table cloth will cost around £35-40. If your budget won't stretch to that, you can also buy small lace doylies or hankies for a few pounds.
Victoria Centre has over 120 shops all under the one roof which makes it great for a shopping spree. It got its name Victoria as it used to be an old train station called Victoria Station, as you can see on the photo, the Victoria clock tower is still there & is the only remaining piece of the station left.
It includes shops such as House of Fraser, John Lewis, Next, Topshop, Disney Store etc. There are lots of cafes & restaurants in Vic Centre aswell as a couple of gorgeous Cookie stores & these taste great. Make sure you try them out.
Victoria Centre is open 7 days a week with late night shopping on a wednesday. During Christmas time there are lots of beautiful decorations around Victoria Centre & it really gets you in the mood for Christmas. Children can also go & see Santa's Grotto here & receive a small gift aswell as a photo with Santa..... i take my little Sister Charlotte every year.
You can get to Victoria Centre either by Car or Public transport. Car parking prices vary depending on how long you leave your car for, prices start from £2.50 for 2 hours parking & £1.00 for every extra hour.
Public transport prices vary depending on where you travel from, you can either get a local bus or the local tram system which runs throughout the main centre of Nottingham.
What to buy: Make sure you try out the Hot Mushy Peas with Mint Sauce at the Fish Market upstairs at Victoria Centre, these are absolutely delicious. I always buy a pot when im out shopping.
There are many things you can buy in Victoria Centre from ladies clothing to mens clothing, jewellery, perfumes, cosmetics, gifts, lingerie, shoes, food & confectionary.
Check out the website below for a list of different stores which are located in Victoria Centre.
What to pay: As little or as much as you like.... you will find that the cost of living in England is not as cheap as most Countries. So if your visiting here be prepared to spend more than usual.
There are so many shops - I love shopping in Nottingham.
Hit Bridlesmith gate for the designer shops (near Broadmarsh centre)
Just check out the web link below.
What to buy: Shoes, bags, hats!!! Everything!!!
What to pay: Entirely up to you!!!
There are at least 13 "charity shops" (what North Americans would call a second-hand store) in Newark. Oxfam, women's charity, etc. In a small town, several women will work there part time. You can usually find good buys with less hassle than a department store (which Newark doesn't have, anyway.)
What to buy: Clothing, mostly.
What to pay: Charity shops are very cheap, about the same prices as North America
This shop is next to The Larder on Goosegate restaurant. It's big, with many quality hardbacks and a small range of Oxfam products.
What to pay: £1.50 upwards.
%Exchange Arcade, inside the Council House building, has some of Nottingham's most exclusive clothes stores.
There are 120 shops in the Victoria Centre, as well as the biggest covered market in Nottingham.