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Stroud District Council provides essential services to residents and local businesses in Stroud, Stonehouse, Dursley, Minchinhampton, Nailsworth, Painswick, Wotton-under-Edge and surrounding villages, while working hard to make the district more sustainable by planting trees, increasing biodiversity and fighting climate change.
The Stroud district is full of fantastic independent retailers, from specialty shops to cute boutiques selling a range of handicrafts and crafts made by locals.
Venture out of your comfort zone the next time you hit the shops and discover 15 hidden gems where you can buy unique items you won’t find anywhere else – and feel good supporting a local business too!
1. Made in Stroud
Originally created by Isabella Blow and Jasper Conran, Made in Stroud has won the SGGLA Independent Shop of the Year award for the past three years in a row!
The one-stop retailer offers products made by artisans and makers in and around Stroud, with everything from handmade soap, books by local authors, craft gin and original artwork on its shelves – not to mention… a passionate team behind the counter.
2. Junglist Workshop in Nailsworth
Colorful plant shop, Junglist Atelier is a botanical haven in Nailsworth, selling everything from houseplants and pots to terrarium kits and specialist tools.
Promising the ‘most interesting, beautiful and badass aroids, cacti and succulents we can find’, green-fingered Gloucestershire residents are bound to find a plant to suit their space – the boutique also collaborating with festivals and hospitality companies to create bespoke plant arrangements for a variety of events and settings.
3. Cotswold Letterpress at Wotton-under-Edge
Bespoke printing, Cotswold Letterpress in Wotton-under-Edge creates beautiful prints, from letterhead to wedding and party invitations.
Using a variety of techniques, from traditional letterpress to hot foil stamping, embossing and thermography, the independent workshop caters to all types of clients – and also offers a quick turnaround.
4. Painswick Fabrics
With customers traveling from as far away as London to get their hands on its discount designer fabrics, Painswick Fabrics has even been handpicked as a publisher’s favorite in The Insider’s Guide of vogue.
Savvy interior shoppers can enjoy up to 80% off retail prices on its impressive collection of fabrics, with new stock arriving daily and owner Tim Davies on hand to offer his expert advice. and helping customers match fabrics to everything from swatches to carpets and painting color charts on their favorite works of art.
5. Leaf and Soil at Dursley
A magnificent garden centre, Leaf and Ground in Dursley is an oasis for horticultural enthusiasts, foodies and families, with something to satisfy them all. As well as a wide variety of seeds and bulbs; garden and indoor plants; tools; bird tables, feeders and wildlife habitats, it also has a delicatessen of local products, a zero waste shop and a café serving brunch, lunch, coffee and cake.
Little visitors can also burn off some energy in the castle-themed adventure play area, before enjoying an ice cream or one of The Hut’s famous Leaf and Ground sausage rolls. It is also suitable for dogs!
6. Museum in the Park Gift Shop in Stroud
Stroud’s Museum in the Park gift shop offers a diverse selection of homewares and gifts from local vendors, including art reproductions, books, stationery, and even beer and spirits. Every purchase helps support the museum and preserve its important collection.
The park museum also hosts pop-up shops from local artists and artisans selling unique handmade items, ranging from ceramics and tea towels to prints and sketchbooks.
7. Originally from Stonehouse
Established during the pandemic as a place for local artists and artisans to sell their wares when craft fairs were cancelled, the lovely Sourced in Stonehouse gift shop offers makers a platform to sell their creations.
With everything from jewelry and clothing to handcrafted homewares like eco-friendly beeswax wraps, macrame planters, lampshades and birdhouses, the shop also offers a range of Frenchic furniture paint, ideal for for upcyclers.
8. Good food on the edge at Wotton-under-Edge
Fruit and vegetable boxes full of produce handpicked by shopkeeper Theresa Boyle, fresh fish, seafood and even a selection of wines and spirits, Good Food on the Edge in Wotton-under-Edge is a place fantastic for foodies.
In addition to its rustic shop, Good Food on the Edge also runs an open bar on Friday nights with live music and half-price cocktails between 5 and 7 p.m., as well as a restaurant run by Kirsty King – who was formed at the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine and worked with Michel Roux Jr. – serving a weekly changing menu that champions local and seasonal produce.
9. Intersound Guitars at Dursley
Specialist guitar shop, Intersound Guitars in Dursley is run by a team of passionate music lovers and offers a handpicked range of guitars, basses, banjos, ukuleles and mandolins, as well as amps, effects pedals and accessories.
Founded over 20 years ago, its team of experts doesn’t just sell instruments either, with the store offering servicing, repairs, servicing and modification in its specialist guitar shop, not to mention free installation on all new guitars sold.
10. The White Room in Minchinhampton
The White Room bridal boutique in Minchinhampton is perhaps best known for being where Zara Tindall bought her designer wedding dress.
As well as offering an exclusive collection of dresses from designers like Savannah Miller and Jenny Packham; hair accessories; bags and shoes; the boutique also offers a bespoke service for brides looking for something completely unique.
11. Brilliant Goodness to Nailsworth
For anyone looking to reduce the environmental impact of their regular store, Shiny Goodness in Nailsworth offers a range of locally sourced products, vegan and food-free foods, natural remedies and a refill service to reduce waste.
With bulk products like oatmeal; rice; Pasta; beans and dried fruits; nuts; and cane sugar, as well as refills of shampoo, body wash, deodorant and cleaning products, shoppers can bring their own containers to fill and take home, eliminating unnecessary plastic waste.
12. Madia and Mathilde at Stroud
British clothing brand Madia and Matilda create ethical fashion using recycled fabrics and sustainable materials without any waste.
From casual wear to wedding attire, she prides herself on sustainability and inclusivity, handcrafting clothes made to last in her studio and boutique in Stroud.
13. From Your Home in Berkeley
From Home in Berkeley features quirky handmade items by local artists and artisans, ranging from gas cans repurposed as lamps to hand-knitted plushies.
The stylish store offers a selection of kitchen and home wares; clothing and jewelry; bath and beauty articles; limited edition fine art prints and original works, as well as greeting cards and gifts.
14. Yellow-lit bookstore in Nailsworth
An independent bookshop, the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop in Nailsworth offers a wonderful selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles, including books shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Wainright Prize.
The store prides itself on being as environmentally and socially responsible as possible, using recycled paper for its packaging and renewable energy to heat and light the store – providing an ethical alternative to large online bookstores.
15. Party at Stroud
Stroud party shop, Party On Up offers an impressive selection of decorations, tableware, costumes for adults and children, not to mention the candy-filled piñatas that will make your last party a success.
Its certified balloon artists can create stunning centerpieces for a variety of events – and Party On Up is also one of the only party stores that stocks plastic-free latex balloons; uses only dedicated balloon gas to inflate its balloons, instead of the pure helium required for medical use; and recycles foil and bubble balloons and balloon weights purchased from the store.
By Chloe Gorman
Monday 06 June 2022