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

October 25, 2013

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

When I interviewed Angel Hughes, owner of the eponymous shop, I forgot to ask her a question.  Going her shop of 23 years in Chiswick feels like visiting her home.  … Read More


Fortnum & Mason. “So nice to be treated like a duchess when one is buying a pound of coffee…”

October 22, 2013

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

If a single shop can embody a country, its history and in some ways its very spirit, Fortnum & Mason is it.  A very English company with a very English way of doing things, F&M is famous for its tea, wicker hampers filled with luxurious foodstuffs and for its iconic Piccadilly windows, but is perhaps most famous for serving the British upper classes — for over 300 years.… Read More

Coming soon…

September 18, 2013

Creative and cool Berlin is an oasis of independent shops.  A few I would like to feature on Unique Boutiques include:

The Corner. Lifestyle emporium, Franzosische Strasse 40

Emma & Co.  Children, Niebuhrstrasse 2

Fassbender & Rausch. Chocolate, Charlottenstrasse 60

Jünemann’s Pantoffeleck.… Read More

Coming soon…

September 10, 2013

One day soon I will have the chance to revisit Barcelona and discover its unique boutiques, like:

Casa Gispert. Food, Carrer Sombrerers 23

Cereria Subira. Candles, Baixada de Llibreteria 7

Herbolari Llansa. Health and beauty, Calle Elisabets 18

Ivo & co.  … Read More

Coming soon…

March 4, 2013

I plan to introduce you to a few special places in Scotland’s beautiful capital city, like…

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

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Coming soon…

February 4, 2013

Civilized and cool Amsterdam is a mecca for Europe’s independent shoppers.  Some I’d like to visit include:

Meijer Schoenhandel. Shoes, P.C. Hoofstraat 45, 1071 BN

the frozen fountain. Design, art and homewares, Prinsengracht 645, 1016 HV



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