Kids

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

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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Cocoa Locale. The ‘cake boutique’ that’s a one-woman show.

December 2, 2013

Cocoa Locale.  4807 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Québec.

Cocoa Locale is no cupcake shop.  It’s not a bakery that churns things out for other businesses.  Nor is it a cafe.  It’s a “home kitchen”:  a single room with an oven and a display case. … 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