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Cheltenham’s Five Favourite Independent Shops

  • 1 year ago
Cheltenham’s Five Favourite Independent Shops

A South Western Railway survey of cities with the most independent shops found that Cheltenham is in the top ten, at number seven behind Bristol and Exeter, with Cambridge topping the list.

The town is home to 16 independent shops, including clothes boutiques, bookshops and grocers. In recent years there’s been a move away from larger chainstores in support of smaller enterprises so if you want to help Cheltenham to rise further up the list, here’s where to go.

For fashion

If you’re looking to stand out from the crowds in Cheltenham then head to Bodega at 34 Suffolk Parade for its well-curated range of womenswear and accessories. You’ll be pleased with the prices and even more delighted to know that there’s also an outlet.

For bikes and cycling

Williams Cycles at 82-86 Albion Street has been helping Cheltenham cyclists for more than a century and prides itself on its personal service. Whether you’re looking for a genteel lady’s bike or you’re about to go electric, Williams Cycles will offer you bespoke (ahem) and friendly advice as well as top-notch bikes and accessories.

For food and flowers

Roots & Fruits at 250 Bath Road is a family-run and very family-friendly grocery and deli which offers customers everything from custom-made flower arrangement to beetroot juice and everything in between. You can call into the shop or order online as the shops delivers all over Cheltenham.

For a good read

Part of a very small chain (there are three other branches in Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Monmouth), Rossiter Books at 7, Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, has a book for everyone. The shop also features signed copies of various books, as well as a special children’s section and an online ordering facility.

For your music library

Badlands Records, at 11 St George’s Place, is a long-established independent offering vinyl, CDs, boxsets books and magazines, as well as other rock-related merchandise. The shop also specialises in Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

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