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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

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

Superhero Supply Co. Unique Boutique Blog

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. The vow of heroism is not to be taken lightly.

April 16, 2014

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. 372 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NYC 11215, USA

A secret within a secret lurks behind the façade of an inconspicuous red brick building in Brooklyn, NYC.  Big, bombastic signs in the style of an old fashioned hardware store declare: “If we don’t have it, a superhero doesn’t need it” ; “Supersonic shipping to select universes” and even “We can help you with your nemesis problem.”

The Superhero Supply Company, at first glance, seems to be just that; a no-frills, one-stop shop for superheroes. … Read More

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Unicorn. Montréal’s antidote to global fashion chains

December 5, 2013

Unicorn.  5135 Boulevard St. Laurent, Montréal, Québec.  +1 514 544 2828

Once upon a time, people designed and made stuff with their own hands.  Merchants sold the work of artisans in their local shops.  Anyone could purchase and own a little piece of cultural history from a place and its people; ensuring the town’s prosperity and future. … Read More