Broadleaf Books: A booklover's dream!
There was always - or I should say for a very long time - there was a wonderful antiquarian , second hand bookshop in Monk Street. I used to think some of our friends came to see us so they could go to Lockyers in Abergavenny - an apparently disorganised book emporium where sooner or later exactly what you were looking for would be found.But it closed some years ago leaving a huge gap in town for booklovers near and far.
That old rambling 3 storey book shop was turned into apartments but now, just a few doors away, in smaller premises, and with more order and less higgledy -piggledyness there is a great new bookshop of a similar kind.
Broadleaf Books is run by Joanna Chambers, an experienced bookseller and a familiar face to hunters of books in Abergavenny and the surrounding area..
From what I could see on my first brief visit there is an eclectic selection of books on practically any subject anyone would want, biography and childrens books too.
This is a very welcome addition to the shopping possibilities for booklovers in Abergavenny.
I'll be back with a full purse!
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Cooks Galley: Everything for cooks and kitchens
This shop is located adjacent to the main street in Nevill Street, one of the oldest surving parts of the town.
You won't find anything to eat or drink inside this shop but you will be able to buy any item you need to produce food - from the most simple of meals, summer barbecues to grand entertaining.
It is a veritable treasure trove of cooking equipment, useful gadgets and ordinary everyday items like an old fashioned potato peeler or masher.
Tableware and decorative items of both classic and contemporary fun design can also be bought here.
If shopping for wedding presents or gifts for the home you will find something here.
The Art Shop: Everything for artists plus a slice of history
This shop is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the main street of Abergavenny and until a few years ago it was a newsagents - with a bit of haberdashery, materials for artists and stationary thrown in.
Everybody knew the two brothers who had taken over the shop from parents and grandparents. Their retirement and death left a vacuum and a fear that this old building would disappear.
Happily the new owner is a conservationist and the interior of the shop was lovingly restored along with all the beautiful, historic shop fittings.
The narrow frontage (photographed here during Food Festival weekend September 2009) belies the spacious interior which goes back a long way and the exhibitiom galleries in the basement and on the first floor.
Take care on the original steps and stairs to other floors.
What to buy: Visit for all your art work needs, books about art, and unusual and artistic gifts.And exhibits of local painters, ceramicists and jewelry makers .