20 December 2013

Festive Shopping


Every year I have a good think about what I shall buy for my friends and family for Christmas. Sometimes I have something planned months in advance, but when I need inspiration I tend to head to the same shop.

So when Barclay Freedom Rewards told me they were championing independent businesses and asked what my favourite independent shop was, it was easy.

It's an independent shop in the west end of Dundee in an area called the Cultural Quarter, which is home to the Dundee Rep Theatre, the DCA art gallery and cinema, Dundee Science Centre and many cool bars and restaurants.

My favourite independent shop is called the Westport Gallery. It extends beyond the double frontage you see in the first photo, which holds homeware, prints and jewellery into the neighbouring shop where they sell clothes and bags. Then across the road there is another two floors full of wonderful gifts.

Pre-Cooper, each year Graham would buy me a special piece of jewellery from the Gallery, but I don't wear much jewellery now, it's not a great idea to wear jewellery around babies or toddlers. However, I still head there whenever I need a gift, as I know they'll have something a bit different.

When you walk in at Christmas time, the shop has lots of wonderful Christmas decorations to tempt and there is always fragrant spiced apple juice for customers to enjoy. On entering, if the staff aren't all busy with customers, you are greeted with a friendly hello and the offer of a warming drink.

On my latest visit I bought a gift or two and a few items for myself. Now I can't divulge the gifts I bought, that would be a spoiler, but I can tell you what I treated myself to.

More replaced actually. I'm very clumsy and tend to smash things on a regular basis. If you read my piece in the Metro this week, you will know that I'm down to a paltry three wine glasses. Now I don't mind mixing and matching, so I purchased two rather nice wine glasses and a champagne glass.

I also needed to replace my trifle bowl which crashed to the floor in the conservatory lately. Luckily it didn't have trifle in it at the time. Instead of a single bowl, I bought a set of four individual bowls, that I have all sorts of plans for featuring layered desserts in. Recipes coming soon!



My last purchase was frivolous. A glass bowl of icy fog swirled white running though it. It was just too pretty to resist.

Do you have a favourite independent shop?

Westport Gallery

48 Westport
Dundee
DD1 5ER
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 221751
Email: westportgal@btconnect.com






Disclosure: Barclaycard gave me a voucher to spend in my favourite independent shop. I was not required to write a positve review and  any opinions expressed are my own.


19 comments:

  1. I always try to support independent stores. Much more personal service too.

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    1. Definitely and a more varied selection to choose from too.

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  2. Hey Jaq, I really like that glass bowl of icy fog swirled white running though it.I too support shopping locally ,it convenient and friendlier also I think that if you want something really unique and would like to enjoy the shopping experience its good to go the independant shop way! I love the way you have written this piece too Jaq!

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    1. Thanks and you are right, a much more personal service!

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  3. I'm a little renowned for having to replace things I've accidentally broken too (I'm trying so hard not to use the word clumsy!)
    Love the little trifle bowls, really cute x
    Janie x

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    1. Haha, it's true though. I am definitely clumsy, there is no other word for it.

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  4. Indies are much more fun for presents (whether that is for someone else or for yourself). Not so many in London now because the rates are too high, but definitely worth seeking out!

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    1. That's a shame Fiona. I thought you would have loads there.

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  5. Now that looks like the kind of shop I could lose hours (and pounds!) in!

    Happy Christmas

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    1. Oh yes, definitely! Happy Christmas to you too CC :)

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  6. Great feature in the Metro! I didn't see it in paper form, but you would have got great exposure on that day :D. I don't really know Dundee at all but thanks for the tip off if we are ever up that way. I am clumsy too. I had to replace Champagne glasses this year..... Have a super fabulous Christmas with your gorgeous family xx

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    1. Thanks Kellie, you have a good Christmas too x

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  7. Can I suggest my niece's art gallery, the Cordy Hedge Gallery, in Logie Steading? She, Louise Pearson, studied fine art in Dundee and has now opened her own gallery to showcase upandcoming artists and their work. Her gallery is wonderful, she has beautiful artwork, fashion and jewellery, as well as my brother's renovated furniture, on sale. It's near Forres and here is the website: www.cordyhedgegallery.com
    Thanks!

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    1. Good for her.We need more independent shops and galleries, high streets are pretty much all the same from town to town. No variety.

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  8. What a lovely campaign encouraging us to shop locally. i love that bowl. Just the outside of the shop looks inviting enough to make me want to visit.

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  9. I am lucky, my local high street is mostly independent shops so I am spoilt for choice! :)

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  10. I love Enigma in Castle Douglas, I nailed my 'most difficult people' Christmas presents in there this year. I must try and visit the West Port Gallery, sounds like my kind of shop!

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  11. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  12. I love independent shops - they really are the best!

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