Independent shops are increasingly appearing in Buxton and the last couple of years has seen a huge growth in the indie shopping sector in the UK and the *overall national trend tells us that increasingly many of us yearn to going back to local with our shopping.
So, we thought we’d celebrate some of Buxton’s best and finest independent shops and retail offerings – whether you’re a visitor and not quite sure where everything is or if you’re a resident and love to shop local – here’s our run down of some of the best…
Handmade chocolates in store, Charlotte’s offers a wide range to choose from in various sizes of gift box where you choose your own plus ready wrapped boxes and other various chocolates and sweet treats and they make an ideal gift or if you just want to gorge on some chocolates! They sell ice cream too and there’s the cafe which makes a lovely spot on a sunny day people watching.
Charlottes Chocolates, Unit 1 Cavendish Arcade, Buxton, SK17 6BQ
Tel 01298 214440
Beer District sell a huge range of over 400 craft ales as well as artisan, small batch whiskeys, gins and vodkas. Forest Gin, for example, is an award winning spirit, distilled in small batches at the their distillery next to Macclesfield Forest and Elements of Islay is a range of single malt whiskies made as single casks or as individual batches from the island of Islay in Scotland – just a few of the specialities you’ll find in store. The gift boxes holding 6 bottles of ale are ideal for Dad or brother as a pressie, or, if you’re not sure what to get, they sell gift vouchers.
Beer District, 4a The Colonade, Buxton, SK17 6AL
Tel: 01298 27920
Exposed brick work, original tiled flooring and arched ceilings make this a unique space for retailers and small businesses and a brand new concept for the town in this historic building. Located opposite Ashwood Park and close to Sylvan Car and coach park, The Arches is home to a number of businesses including homewares and accessories, vintage home goods, furniture, upholsterer and furniture restoration, Body Shop goods, women’s clothing, jewellery, British socks, giftware and more. And there’s the Pig and Pepper Tea Room as you first walk in so you can enjoy a coffee or lunch while you’re here.
The Arches Artisan Market at Hogshaw Mill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7DJ
Tel: 01298 27069
Comics, table top gaming event and generally geeky stuff. It’s nice to see something like in Buxton for a change. The range of action figures are pretty good and the games like Monopoly Game of Thrones and Pokémon merchandise are fun…
The Grove Goodies and Geekery, 2 Eagle Parade, Buxton
A small space but a huge emporium of lovely quality gifts featuring some favourite brands such as Jellycat, Moleskin and Orla Kiely to name just a few. Posh note books, beautiful teddies and toys, cosmetic cases, jewellery…and so much more. You’re hard pressed not to buy something when visiting here. Oh and there’s a great range of greeting cards if you’re after something a little special and a little different than the high street chain offerings. Superb choice for pressies of all ages inc. some great blokey gifts too.
6 Cavendish Arcade,The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ
Tel: 01298 73237
Offering a range of exclusive branded clothing for a modern day fashion conscious crowd, selling brands such as Religion, French Connection, Vera Moda, Postcard, Pieces and more. A good range of men’s and women’s clothing as well as accessories such as belts, jewellery, shoes and bags. Who needs Manchester when you can get your hands on these brands right here in Buxton?!
Wild Olive produce their own range of bath melts, soaps, cosmetics and candles right here in the Peak District, with their recently relocated factory now in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Their flagship store has a huge range of gifts (and a small range for boys) there’s lots of lovely accessories to to have in home as well as pamper yourself with home too. There’s usually a baby range in store too and often a range wedding range with tags, paper and giftware. There’s also wrapping paper, a good selection of greeting cards and tags. The large range of candles and bath bombs Wild Olive made its name on smell divine when you walk in and they also have a large range of room diffusers which last ages.
12 Cavendish Arcade, The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ
Tel: 01298 72404
Long established, Jantar is the thee go-to place in Buxton for quality silver and semi precious gem stone jewellery as well as unique designer statement pieces. The range is huge with necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles – and don’t miss Janar Pottery next door, which sells original, hand made Polish pottery.
Tel: 01298 73116
Everything’s Rosy is a treasure trove of pretty things for the home with a wide range of soft furnishings, furniture and home accessories. There’s a definite rustic country feel to much of the range in store with stylish cushions, picture frames, clocks and loads more. There’s also lots of little trinkets such as pretty fragrant hearts to hang, tea light holders and some gorgeous golf leaf plates we spotted. Perfect if you need a gift for someone with a new home.
8 Hardwick Street, Buxton, SK17 6DH
Tel: 01298 78778
C.R Clowes is no ordinary chemist. Established in 1875 as a druggist & pharmacy, the building is listed with English Heritage, both outside and the interior and the building was originally designed by Robert Rippon Duke – famed for helping transform Buxton and creating some of its finest buildings. The interior original cabinets are quite something but more to the point so is the gift selection, with some high quality cosmetic brands including Crabtree and Evelyn, Yardley London, Bronnley, Vichy, Mason Pearson (maker of the finest hair brushes dating back to the 1860’s). There are gifts both for men and women and also a lovely selection of cosmetic mirrors as well as make up and accessories. Clowes is the only place in Buxton to sell Chanel perfume too, including favourites ‘Chance’ and ‘Co Coco Mademoiselle’.
4 Cavendish Circus, Buxton, SK17 6AX
Tel: 01298 23218
Old and new Shabby chic, original vintage crockery, furniture, homewares, gifts and absolutely loads more – there’s 2 big rooms full of beautiful things plus a small room selling vintage clothing and accessories too. It’s hard to know where to look where you pop in La Maison seem to source some real gems when it comes to vintage pieces. Great if you’re after a gift to give or just something all for moi. You can try to haggle on prices too which is fun.
2 Longden Court, (Off Spring Gardens, just past Costa) Buxton, SK17 6BZ
Tel: 07515 809262
Hargreaves has been established in Buxton since 1865 and offer an absolute emporium of gifts and cookware. The cookware range is huge so if you’re after a gift for a domestic goddess, then start here. From utensils and jars to a wide range tools for the kitchen as well as a large selection of crockery, you’ll also find a great range of gifts too – modern designed cushions, coasters and surprisingly – you might find Star Wars merchandise too. There is of course the Yankee Candle range, so if you’re a fan there’s lots to choose from. Perfect hunting ground for Christmas gifts, from granny and your mum to your boyfriend.
16-18 Spring Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6DE
Tel: 01298 23083
*Source: Small Business Saturday