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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

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

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

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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

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El Titan de Bronze. A mom and pop cigar shop.

October 28, 2013

El Titan de Bronze.  1071 S.W. 8th Street, Miami, Florida, USA

Until this year, I’d never been to Little Havana, sticking to the glitzy art deco strip of Miami’s South Beach and its mostly big name shops.  Crawling along Calle Oche in a rental car on a deserted Saturday morning, looking for El Titan, I wondered if I was in the right place. … Read More

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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