Caroline Nevill: Miniatures
This is a unique shop with a fine selection of English minatures and dolls houses in Tudor, Georgian, Regency and Victorian Styles.
All pieces are hand made with great attention to detail.
What to buy: Miniatures and doll houses.
Hamstead Bazaar: Designer clothing etc
Well, I only pressed my nose upto the window, and would have loved to have ventured inside. My visa card was twitching, but my sensible head was imagining the letters my bank manager would have taken delight in sending me!!!!
Some lovely clothes and accessories in the window. Also lots of press cuttings/photos of celebreties wearing clothes from this shop. Apparently its a favourite retail therapy post for Dame Judy Dench, who buys a few outfits whenever she's in the vicinity. Their leather belts are also regularly featured in the glossies, worn by Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss etc.
Besides clothes and belts, there are some great necklets etc.
What to buy: Designer clothing
What to pay: Pheewww..should imagine quite a lot!
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Old Fashioned Pharmacy
An old traditional style pharmacists shop.
The window is packed full of goods from a byegone age. Cut throat razors and sharpening strips, badger shaving brushes, bristle hair brushes, colognes, soaps etc.
The shop is run by a friendly Indian family.
Inside, the shop is crammed full of toiletries and pharmaceuticals.
The shelving and cupboards are traditional, with glass apothacary jars etc.
Old fashioned colognes and bath products are prominant, with a some more modern familiar names.
What to buy: Traditional shaving products
Good Quality brushes
Old English colognes/eau de toilettes etc.
What to pay: From a pound upwards!
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Greenhouse: Everything is made from Recycled material
This is quite an incredible shop, everything is made from recyclable waste and it is a splurge of colours as you walk in the shop. Juice pack pencil case, bubble wrap bags, recycled paper, glass jewellery etc. I bought some little painted papermache varnished containers to put earrings in.
I believe strongly in recycling and this shop aims to make people more aware to make the earth more green so do support them.
Vom Fass: An interesting gift idea bottled up
This shop caught my eye as its such an unusual gift idea. What you do is purchase one of the many attractive bottles they have in store (even a shoe for the ladies), then select what you wish to fill it with be it oil, vinegar or liqueur. When the product has run out you can take your bottle back to the store & refill it.
The whole market of Bath: Bath market
The whole market of Bath is very special. On our first visit we were so impressed that there were more shops than in Bristol... well at least more interesting to go and visit. Full of tourists but not overcrowded all the shops provide you with the cosiness that a small town can.
Bath's market is very special as you can see from the picture!! all this small shops and alleys are so exiting for me!!
What to buy: You can buy from a needle to the best designer dress that you have seen on the months magazine.
What to pay: Prices vary.. from the most cheap piece of garment to the most expensive car!
LUSH--The Store for Soaps: A Suitcase Full of Soap
While strolling the main stopping district in Bath we came upon a store which had the most mouth watering pieces of brightly colored and oddly shaped candies and sweets in its window. Upon closer inspection, the candies turned out to be soaps...big chunks of soap... of all kinds of colors and descriptions.
Mrs. Birchy was beside herself. Birchy was bored out of his skull after about five minutes of browsing. Anyway, we came away with a suitcase full of soaps which we transported across the Atlantic. Then we find out there are Lush stores in America, too
What to buy: Bath soaps of all descriptions...fizzing bath soaps, oils, lotions... all with the most imaginative names
What to pay: Can't remember, but to Mrs. B cost was no object.
Cadbury Cocoa House: Wow.
Okay, I love Cadbury chocolate--I mean, I LOVE it. :) So what better store in the world could there possibly be for a girl like me?
The full line of Cadbury candy and chocolate is here, along with an ice cream/drink bar, made to order. Sigh....
What to pay: Average Cadbury prices, as far as I could tell.
Mall area: Near the Railway Station
When we got off the bus, we tried to find something to eat in the mall by the bus station. Eventually ended up at McDonalds because we were really hungry, and didn't want to look for a restaurant any more. There were all kinds of shops in this area.
Guild Hall: Off to Market
The Guild Hall is an indoor market and very interesting to wander around and the market is housed in a beautiful building. The market has been established since 1284.
What to buy: For fresh produce the Guild Hall is recommended as it has a market selling speciality teas, wild boar pate, fresh fruit and veg. Also craft stalls, leather goods, books and pet stalls are also on sale.
What to pay: Ranging from the cheap to the expensive depending on what is purchased i.e. speciality foods may be more expensive but some of the crafts are on the cheaper side.
Paxton and Whitfield: Best Address In Town!!
Paxton and Whitfield are a small but prestigous cheesemongers with shops in London, Stratford-on-Avon and here in Bath. Here quality is very much the watchword and the company only deals with artisanal cheesemakers here in the UK and on the continent.
With its Royal Warrants, dating back to Queen Victoria, the shops might be thought to pander excusively to the rich but here in Bath you'll get a friendly welcome from the knowledgeable staff who'll be as happy to sort you a pre-purchase nibble when looking for something for your picnic sandwiches as they are to supply a cheeseboard for a banquet.
Yep, nice shop, great smelly atmosphere and above all a wonderful address!!!
What to buy: Cheese!
What to pay: Not the cheapest in town but definitely the best!
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Great Western Retail Outlet: a nice day out
The outlet is situated in the old railway depot at Swindon. The decor is very much railway oriented, engines and other items.
There are so many shops :
Next, Burberry, Pink, Bookends,Vyella, Alexon, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencers to name but a few.
There is a large food court with different fast food counters.
Also beside the food, there is a large area for household articles.
There is a play area for children too.
Some good bargains can be had.
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: less than High Street prices
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Touch of Glass: Want some Figurines
Figurine galore, from regualar figurines to swarovski crystals art, to teddy bears to necklaces. This it the gift shop for those who wants to take home something elegant.
The store is really close to Bath Abbey and Roman Baths, just a few minutes away.
It's worth a checking out.
What to buy: I don't know. I didn't buy anything here, I'm neither a neckace girl nor am i a figurine girl. Although I do love swarovski, it's just expensive. :)
What to pay: From 15 pounds to 200 pounds. They sell really expensive figurines.
Putleney Bridge Gifts: Ultimate Souvenir Shop
Gives you a reason to visit Pulteney Bridge!
Make a stop and buy some souvenirs, or toys, etc.
What to buy: I don't know, here take a pick out of the list.
Here are some of the stuff they sell on the store.
Keyrings, Fridge Magnets
Lighters, Playing Cards
Snow domes, Mouse mats,
Mugs, Shot Glasses,
Money Boxes, Jigsaw Puzzles,
Resin Scenes, Resin Figures,
Flags, Scale Models,
Wallets, Boxer Shorts
Luggage Tags, Socks,
Cameras, Film & Batteries, and Umbrellas
What to pay: 5 to 100 pounds, depends how much of a spender you are.
The Antique Map Shop, Ltd.: The place to go for maps!
Now here's a shop that combines several wonderful dimensions. First, it is on the Pulteney Bridge (think Rialto, if you're unfamiliar with the PB). Second, it has a proprietor, David Gardner, who knows his stock intimately, and can immediately find that 17th century map of the Welsh county from which your ancestors emigrated. Third, it contains a large number of beautiful maps (antiques and prints from 1540 to around 1910), and can be shipped FREE and safely to your home. What more could you ask for?
What to buy: Maps and sea charts, obviously, but there are also prints on offer. The maps are not only of various UK sites, but also US and Canadian venues (as well as more foreign parts).
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm Sundays and bank-holidays, 11am-5pm.
What to pay: Obviously, these are antiques and they are not inexpensive. Price depends upon age, size, quality, etc. The ones which I was interested in ran around 200 GBP.
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