Europe

Artisan Roast White Petal Flower Company via Unique Boutique Blog.com

Artisan Roast / The White Petal Company. A shared retail space creating a new kind of community.

January 29, 2016

Behind the big picture windows of a chic, dark shopfront, Edinburgers have spotted something new in Stockbridge Village: 1. a giant fridge full of flowers, lit up like a beacon on Edinburgh’s dark winter afternoons 2. a scattering of leafy green plants on tall wooden trollies 3.… Read More

Labour & Wait via Unique Boutique Blog

Labour and Wait. Inspired by a dustpan and brush.

December 12, 2015

Labour and Wait, 85 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ

Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins’ shop was born of discontent.  Bored with their respective jobs as menswear designers and disillusioned with the fickle world of fashion, they were both looking for an escape.… Read More

21st Century Kilts, Edinburgh, via uniqueboutiqueblog.com

21st Century Kilts. A ‘radical evolution’ led by an inspiring revolutionary.

March 13, 2015

21st Century Kilts.  48 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

When I first moved to Edinburgh, dark mornings of ‘dreich’ Scottish weather were brightened by an unusual sight on the school run.  A smiley, young, bearded dad on a bicycle, cute son bringing up the rear in his own bike seat:  a nice enough scene in itself.  … Read More

The Cross via Unique Boutique Blog

The Cross. Crowning jewel of a beautiful community.

February 5, 2015

The Cross.  141 Portland Road, Holland Park, London W11 4LR  
The Cross is one of my very favourite shops, anywhere.  In fact, it was one of the shops that inspired me to write this blog.  I once lived on an exceptionally pretty street called Portland Road in Notting Hill, London, where terrace houses are painted in a rainbow of pastels.  … Read More

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An independent Christmas…

November 19, 2014

I came across the image above on Instagram last week, via Boutique Unicorn, a unique boutique in Montreal.  I was about to retweet when I stopped to wonder who created it.  After a quick Pinterest search I found Brighton-based designer and typographer Lola Hoad, who made and posted this and a bunch of downloadable images like it as part of an initiative to do all her Christmas shopping this year at indie shops.  … Read More

Petersham Nurseries via Unique Boutiques Blog

Petersham Nurseries. London’s glamorous garden centre.

November 7, 2014

Petersham Nurseries,  Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AG

Glamorous and garden.  Not words that normally go together.  But Petersham Nurseries, a place “garden centre” does nothing to describe, exploits this beautiful paradox.  Picture, if you will, an English country garden, but one behind the home of, say, the Rolling Stones’ best mates.  … Read More

Drink, Shop & Do via Unique Boutiques Blog

Drink, Shop & Do. The marvellous result of dreams, made real.

July 29, 2014

Drink, Shop & Do.  9 Caledonian Road, London N1


Six years ago, a couple of best friends sat on a pub bench in the summer sun, nursing a pint of cider. They were 24 year olds on the cusp of change; one becoming bored with her job, the other in a reflective mood because of an illness in the family.… Read More

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Shakespeare and Company. A bookshop with a story of its own.

November 2, 2013

Shakespeare and Company.  37 rue de la Bucherie, 75005, Paris

Let me tell you a story.  A perfectly circular one, shaped by fate.  There once was an American woman called Sylvia Beach.  She was studying literature in Paris when she fell in love with Adrienne, a French bookshop owner. … Read More

Semmalina / Starbags via unique boutiques blog

Semmalina. “Full of things you don’t need, but suddenly want.”

October 31, 2013

Semmalina-Starbags, 225 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UT

Every city has a toy shop.  London has several.  There’s years old and wonderful Benjamin Pollock’s; Notting Hill’s lovely Dotty Dot and HoneyjamTraditional Toys, the wooden toy specialist in Chelsea Green; and of course, grand old Hamley’s, “the biggest in the world.”  What sets Semmalina apart — a shop full of toys, children’s clothes, arty prints, vintage bits of kids furniture, a party/gift bag service and even a self-contained sweet shop — to make it a truly Unique Boutique, is the highly personalised customer service its owners provide.… Read More

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Tobias and the Angel. A shop that feels like home. Part Two

October 25, 2013

Tobias and the Angel, 68 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London, SW13 0PZ

(…continued from last week’s post)

When it opened 23 years ago, Tobias and the Angel was smaller than it is now.  It was, from the beginning, full of all sorts of things – a combination of cloth, furniture, china, even gardening tools sat alongside one another.  … Read More