In an age where more and more of our purchases are done online, it is sometimes easy to forget about the independent gems tucked away in downtown areas across the country.
But did you know that Huddersfield has a surprising number of brilliant independent stores that you might have overlooked?
From vintage records to craft coffee, the city is full of specialty and thriving businesses that, more than ever, could benefit from a boost in local customs.
To save you the legwork, we’ve compiled a list of 10 independent stores in the city that we think are worth a visit.
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1. Crafty Praxis, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield
Located on the ground floor of the Byram Arcade, Crafty Praxis is an arts and crafts gallery specializing in unique gifts and souvenirs.
All of the artists and designers featured in the store have been selected for their unique designs and the quality of their craftsmanship, with many locals in the area.
In addition to selling arts and crafts, Crafty Praxis also runs a series of workshops to bring a touch of this crafty life to all corners of the local community.
2. The Hound City, Brighouse
It’s not just humans who love a bit of retail therapy, and if your dog needs a sneaky treat, then the newly opened Hound Ville in Brighouse is definitely worth a visit.
Functioning as both a grooming salon and a bakery, this is the ultimate spa experience for your beloved pooch. With an array of accessories, clothing and treats such as âwoofinsâ and âpupcornâ, this is a true luxury experience for any pet that needs a little extra pampering.
3. Children’s bookstore, Lindley
Nestled in the heart of Lindley, this popular independent bookstore has been catering to young readers since 1975 and continues to offer a range of fabulous books to really spark their imaginations.
Well equipped with friendly and knowledgeable staff, there is always someone on hand to offer recommendations, with all tastes and skill levels, to try and encourage kids to find the stories they can. finally fall in love.
4. Kapow Comics, St Peters Street, Huddersfield
Is it a bird? Is it an airplane? No, it’s your nice neighborhood comic!
Founded in 2015 after spotting a gap in the market for a local place to collect comics, Kapow Comics has continued to grow stronger, with its friendly and very knowledgeable staff always happy to give advice or talk about any issues. latest comic news.
Stocking a plethora of comics, trade titles, and even other geek memorabilia such as action figures and statues, this is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of exciting, premium merchandise.
So whether you are a Marvel fan or a devotee of the year 2000 AD, there is always something to offer from both mainstream publishers and more independent brands.
5. Coffeevolution, Church Street, Huddersfield
No shopping trip would be complete without a pit stop for coffee and a snack, and what better place to stop than the popular independent cafe Coffeevolution.
Started in 2000 as the first independent specialty cafe in Huddersfield, the business has grown steadily since then, quickly becoming a favorite with locals and visitors alike for its friendly service and delicious locally roasted coffee from the sister company and of The Bean craft blender. Coffee company of the brothers.
6. Hidden Wardrobe, The Shambles, Huddersfield
If you have a fondness for handcrafted goods from around the world, look no further than Hidden Wardrobe. Founded by Deborah and Mash in 2010, the pair have traveled the world in search of the best products to bring timeless style, quality and a little more originality to customers.
With clothing and accessories imported from Paris, jewelry from Hong Kong and even Leaf jewelry a little closer to home from Scotland, there is a plethora of unique gifts on offer to really help refine a sense of style. individual.
7. Horners Jewelers, Cloth Hall Street, Huddersfield
Founded in 1934, Horners Jewelers has been a staple on Main Street in Huddersfield for over 80 years.
Family owned and operated, the independent jewelry store brings a little more sparkle to the lives of customers with a wealth of experience and friendly service.
Specializing in 9k and 18k diamond jewelry, they also stock a variety of used jewelry and are registered dealers of Rotary and Sekonda watches.
8. Vinyl tap, John William Street, Huddersfield
Founded over 30 years ago by Tony Boothroyd, a Huddersfield-based record collector, Vinyl Tap is a record lover’s dream, with many online collectors around the world asking Tony for help with find some of the rarest records on the market.
Operating initially as an online store, the boutique opened a walk-in offering in 2012, bringing a much needed musical flavor back to the streets of Huddersfield.
As popular as ever, the store is a vinyl collector’s dream, but even the most casual listeners are sure to find something inside they will love.
9. Revival Vintage Clothing, The Railway Saw Mills, Lockwood
Vintage specialists Revival Vintage Clothing have been in Huddersfield since 2003, offering unique and unique items dating back to the 1920s to gift to collectors and vintage fans the world over.
A frequent face at vintage events across the north of England, the friendly team behind the store also stocks a plethora of reproduction items.
10. The Jewelers Guild, Byram Arcade, Huddersfield
Yet another hidden gem in the Byram Arcade, the team of skilled jewelers behind The Guild work meticulously together to craft and hand-finish unique jewelry.
Through the art of timeless traditions such as hand drilling, forging, filing and sanding from sheet and wire, finished components are welded together before being finished by hand.
There’s no doubt this store seriously knows its stuff, but it’s the friendly atmosphere there that really makes it one to have on your radar.
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