I love shopping. Looove it. Whether it’s in front of my laptop with a cup of tea (the accompanying hobnob goes without saying), browsing gorgeous childrenswear shops on Instagram, a quick bit of window shopping in Belper before fetching my kids, or several hours stomping around cobbled streets in Nottingham. I’ve put together a list of local businesses I love and want to support, because the level of service these guys offer is immense.
Jak & Daisy
Regent Street, Mansfield | www.jakanddaisy.co.uk
Jak & Daisy is a clothing boutique for kids up to 8 years old, owned by local mother and daughter duo, Annie & Rebecca. I was so surprised to find a shop like this in Mansfield, as it wouldn’t look out of place in a trendy part of Nottingham. The first time I went in was with my mum and the kids, and as we only had £20 in our pockets we decided to look around and come back another time. And go back we did! The clothes aren’t cheap, but they’re beautifully made. Labels like ‘Fred & Noah’, ‘Tobias & the Bear’, and ‘Where’s that Bear?’ adorn the shelves, alongside handmade felted wool animal hooks made by Fiona Walker. We picked up a pair of leggings and a jumper for each kid, and a set of egg cups that my mum couldn’t resist. Both kids loved it, especially when one of the ladies working there gave them a small chocolate each. And we got a discount card to use for next time too!
Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham | The Tokenhouse on Facebook
The Tokenhouse is a well-established store on this gorgeous street in Nottingham. From the storefront you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just another card shop (albeit a very good looking one), but it’s so much more. The Tokenhouse sells cards, gifts, toys and homewares, stocking well-loved brands like Jellycat and Emma Bridgewater Pottery. Go in for a gander and expect to come out an hour later, with a significantly lighter wallet.
Welbeck Farm Shop
Worksop | www.welbeckfarmshop.co.uk
My parents live a lot closer to Welbeck than I do, so popping in with my mum is a real treat. Along with a farm shop, Welbeck also boasts the School of Artisan Cookery, the Harley art gallery, a huge garden centre, and the Harley Cafe. As a former meat eater I can vouch for the farm shop’s Christmas goose, the sausages made on site and the meat pies. Everything is locally sourced, with much of the meat raised on the Welbeck Estate, and they sell raw milk at a very good price. Along with the butcher, Welbeck also boasts a cheesemaker, a brewer, a chocolatier and a patissier selling the lightest meringues I’ve ever tasted. If I lived closer, I’d go there way too often, spend too much money and be the size of a house!
Sadler Gate, Derby | www.designat44.com
I ambled into this store in December when shopping for a secret santa gift.
This is another store that, like the Tokenhouse, seems to go on for days. Spaces are rented to local artists to sell their wares, so you can pick up anything from handmade jewellery, to pottery, stationery, children’s dresses, bags, decorations and even Scandinavian furniture. I went in expecting to spend £5 and happily spent almost £40, so if that’s not an endorsement I’m not sure what is!
King Street, Belper | www.sundialstyle.co.uk
Sundial Style is a converted house in the thriving centre of Belper. It’s run by a husband and wife team who are happy to deliver locally. They sell knick knacks and decorative accessories, as well as beautiful solid wood furniture. You know how when you’re decorating you realise you need one or two key pieces to really bring a room together? This is the place to get them! Over the years I’ve bought rugs, mirrors and vases from Sundial Style and each one absolutely sets off the room its in.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite local haunts. Support your local economy and go pay them a visit, and let me know where you like to go so I can enjoy them too!