20 December 2013
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.
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?
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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.