While a weekend break in Bath at the moment is impossible due to the coronavirus lockdown, visiting Bath’s independents online, and supporting its local artisan community, is absolutely still something we can do.
In part one we highlighted some of the local artists and makers who help to make Bath special; and the online Bath Artisan Market that you can visit them at. In part two we’re looking at a few of the independent shops in Bath that we think are really special.
Chanii B Shoes
Chanii B Shoes and Accessories is tucked away in Milsom Place, where peaceful courtyards and winding corridors abound with stylish independent shops and restaurants (it’s a haven of tranquillity right in the centre of Bath!)
The shoes, boots, handbags and wallets in Channi B Shoes are designed and created by the owner Chantai Pilon. This independent shop is the place for women who love shoes with a different style to the norm - they’re beautiful and quirky and chic all at once. The shop may be closed for now, but you can see her range on her website: chaniibshoes.com.
The Teahouse Emporium
The Teahouse Emporium is one place which, if you like tea (or coffee or interesting teapots), you have to visit when in Bath. It may only be small inside, but it’s utterly charming and reminds us of a traditional tobacconists or sweetshop – only with tea! The smell is wonderful.
As well as offering the staple flavours of tea such as Earl Grey and Darjeeling, they have far far more than this, and all available to smell before you choose which you’d like.
While you can’t smell through a PC screen, you can nevertheless buy and support them online here: https://teahouseemporium.co.uk/
My Small World
My Small World is, as the name suggest, a children’s toy store. Established in 2005, it stocks a huge range of traditional and handcrafted toys alongside some of the very best more modern-looking imagination-stimulating toys. If you’ve come to Bath by train, you may have passed the impressive treehouse-dollhouse in their window.
This shop is loved by children and adults – and we can highly recommend it for finding a perfect present for any grandchildren.
Their website is: https://www.mysmallworld.co.uk
Finally, Hampstead Bazaar is a women’s clothing boutique on the iconic Pulteney Bridge. Founded in the 1960s, it specialises in timeless, ageless, and beautifully flowing clothes made from natural fabrics. They also sell accessories, jewellery, pashminas, and hats.
You’ve probably seen their flattering, elegant clothes on the red carpet without knowing it, as the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Pauline Collins are frequent customers.
Sadly they cannot deliver online, but we felt they had to be included on our list of Bath independent gems. Their contact details for enquiries, and their range, can be found on their website: https://www.hampsteadbazaar.com/