Christmas

General Store, San Francisco via uniqueboutiqueblog.com

General Store. A “big, little community,” born on the beach.

May 27, 2016

General Store.  4035 Judah Street, Outer Sunset, San Francisco, California, USA.

“There’s a certain person who has this desire to live near the sea,” artist and shop-owner Serena Mitnik-Miller tells me.  “It’s hard to explain to people who don’t get it, but it’s important in our lives – an understanding you don’t even need to talk about.“  Serena and her husband and business partner, Mason St.… 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

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Tinsel Trading Company. A shrine to kept things.

November 6, 2014

 

Tinsel Trading Company.  828 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065, USA

Some people like to keep things.  Arch Bergoffen did.  His thing was thread:  shiny, bright, metal-covered thread, made in France, to be specific.  It’s proper name, in the 1930s, was “tinsel.”  The son of a tailor, Arch (or Mr.… 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