Salisbury is home to a whole load of fantastic independent shops, a few of which kindly worked in partnership with the Festival by sponsoring Mary Portas who was in conversation on June 1 2016, discussing her new book Shop Girl. If you’re from Salisbury or are visiting, make sure to spend some of your time browsing these shops or make use of the brilliant services that they offer.
CASA FINA If you’re like me and you love high quality gift ideas or you fancy treating yourself then Casa Fina is the shop to visit. It is full of beautiful items to fit in your home, accessories including jewellery, bags and scarves and you can also purchase freshly scented candles, body and bath products. Casa Fina has a continental Italian feel and some really gorgeous items which I would most definitely recommend taking a look at. Visit the website for more ideas and information.
CONKER This popular boutique for women’s clothing offers unique items which might not easily be found in the high street stores in Salisbury, making it well worth a browse. Conker offers a varied range of styles from classic and smart to more vintage style clothing. Follow them on Facebook and find out more.
CROSS KEYS RESTAURANT This quaint restaurant is tucked away near Market Square and is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. This restaurant offers homemade produce selling a wide range of tasty cakes (I’ve heard the cheesecakes are delicious), breakfasts, lunches such as paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and a variety of other fresh foods. If you’re ever wandering past, why not stop in for a coffee and cake break or a lovely filling lunch.
FISHERTON MILL Celebrating their 21st Anniversary as one of the South West’s premier galleries, Fisherton Mill is a wonderful Victorian building, its unique space is now used to display and sell arts and crafts, known for their unusual and unique collections. It is also home to an award winning Cafe so why not pop in for cake, something more substantial or even just a coffee, and take a look at the wonderful arts and crafts which surround you. Visit their website.
JAS HAIR This award-winning salon offers excellent quality hair styling, cutting and finishing, colouring, treatments and free consultations for those of you wanting a change. You can also purchase their finest range of haircare products in salon, so you can take their top class salon experience home with you. Have a browse on their website for more information.
OSO BOUTIQUE For jewellery lovers like myself, it is impossible to walk past this boutique’s shop window without stopping to admire the range of necklaces, earrings, rings and more on display. Full of wonderful gift ideas including ethnic style scarves, bags, jewellery and clothing items, your shopping or browsing experience here will be a delight. I have my eye on many items in this boutique .
RAFFINEE Located in the heart of the city on Salisbury High Street, this shop specialises in Italian women’s shoes and accessories, ranging from sandals and boots to bags and clothing. Their selection of shoes are available in all sizes from 34 to 43. Pick out a pair on their website before visiting in store.
REGENT TAILORING is an exclusive clothes shop located in Salisbury city centre, priding itself on being a ‘contemporary and elegant’ clothing brand with ‘British heritage at its core’. Regent Tailoring offers Made to Measure and ready to wear British made clothing, selling everything from men and women’s shirts, trousers and suits to accessories including wallets, shoes and watches. Take a look at the huge range of high class products Regent Tailoring has to offer.
SARUM COLLEGE BOOKSHOP Located in the entrance of the beautiful Sarum College is the Bookshop which specialises in Christian and Theological books. It is the most established independent bookshop, beautifully laid out with well thought content and friendly staff, which always adds to your browsing experience. You can visit their online shop to view a selection of the stock at Sarum College Bookshop.
SALISBURY INDEPENDENTS is an organisation inspired by Independents’ Day on July 4 and began in 2012 as a scheme to promote independent businesses. The point of independent shops is to offer unique and diverse services and products aside from the usual chains and commercial retailers. There are now 180 local businesses supporting the Independent shops in Salisbury.