Armchair Inspiration – Remote Retail Therapy

Laughter may be the best medicine but we’re of the opinion that shopping comes a close second. So while we can only dream of travel to new destinations, can we tickle your fancy with some fabulous independent shops within easy reach of The Chester Residence. We love to #shoplocal and here are some our favourites:

Second Hand Rose

Edinburgh is a hotbed for vintage fashion and you’ll be spoiled for choice. And, you can buy online from some of them during lockdown too!

It’s two for one with the Those Were The Days boutiques – as neighbouring shops stock both curated vintage fashion and bridal wear. Situated in St Stephen Street in the ‘urban village’ of Stockbridge the collection date from the 1920s to the 1970s and you could pick up a touch of glamour from Chanel, Mary Quant, Givenchy or Biba.

Carnivale Vintage in Bread Street, just below the castle has stock from Victorian era through to the 80s but specialises in 1940s to 1970s vintage women’s and men’s wear as well as jewellery, accessories and homeware. 

A great Instagram account shows off new stock regularly for overseas delivery too. 

The mother - and father – of all vintage shops with an international reputation is Armstrong’s Vintage. The flagship store is in the Grassmarket, but there are two smaller stories in the city too. Much loved by theatre set designers, fancy dress party invitees and tourists one recent Trip Adviser reviewer said of the experience; “This shop is killer if you like vibrant or funky vintage clothing. You can find everything from chunky leather belts to cashmere cardigans all wrapped up in a colorful multi-room shopping experience.”

Just your cup of tea

Milk first? It matters not to the people at Rosevear Tea in their three Edinburgh branches where they stock a wide range of world teas from traditional black to Rooibos.

But, if coffee is your tipple, try one of the Artisan Roaster branches across the city. It’s recognised as on the of Scotland’s original speciality artisan coffee shops and roasteries.

Hats off To You

Independent milliners are few and far between these days which is what makes Fabhatrix such a find. In the Grassmarket – just along from Armstrong’s Vintage you’ll find hats for women, men, the races, a wedding, walking the dog in the rain and many many more.

A Palaeontologist’s Magnet?

Edinburgh has its very own fossil shop! It’s the sort of place you could imagine in a fantasmagorical children’s book. Fossils, meteorites, ammonites, trilobites and dinosaur fossils as well as amber jewellery can be found behind the doors of Mr Woods Fossil shop in the Grassmarket.

Mind Your Ps and Qs*

As well as being a working studio and gallery Edinburgh Print Makers is also a shop, considered to be one of the first open access printmaking studios in Britain. You can buy original prints, books, jewellery and other item in the shop. Buy original art at source.

* our contribution to your next Zoom friends and family quiz night …. The phrase mind your ps and qs comes from the printing trade, when apprentices were told not to mix up their ps and qs  as they are backward facing when used in typesetting.