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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

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

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

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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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

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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