It is that time of year when our Christmas present buying really kicks into gear, and yet this year the world is different - we have Covid-19 to contend with.
Luckily, we live in a city with over 200 independent businesses and shops, so, both during lockdown and after, we are in the ideal location to find the perfect gifts.
Not only is shopping local a lot less stressful than hitting the bigger, more crowded shopping complexes, it also supports the Salisbury business community. In fact, almost half of small business owners told a Visa survey that if everyone in their local community just spent £5 extra per week with them it would help to keep them open in the long term.
It is not just the indies that need our support though. If we don’t use the local outlets of national chains too then it is just as likely we will lose them from the city centre forever.
So, to help keep local this festive season, here is our guide to shopping in Salisbury in the run up to Christmas:
Salisbury is lucky to have an active community of independent shops. Specialising in everything from arts and crafts, fashion and homewares to specialist food, sports and health the city offers a unique shopping experience. Salisbury independents provide an opportunity to discover things you wouldn’t find on any other high street.
You can find some of the city’s independents on Milford Street, Winchester Street, Fisherton Street and the High Street plus at many other locations around the city.
The list includes:
Allum & Sidaway, jewellers, Minster Street
Anoki, women’s boutique clothing, High Street
Amali Jules, boutique store specializing in silver and gold jewellery, St Thomas’ Square
Casa Fina, handpicked home accessories, High Street
Castle Cameras, cameras, lights and accessories, Endless Street
Chas H Baker, classic and contemporary menswear, Milford Street
Dinghams, kitchenware, homewear and gifts, Market Place
Fisherton Mill Gallery Shop, memorable gifts and artwork, Fisherton Street
Forever England, homewear, gifts and bedding, Butcher Row
H R Tribbeck & Son, family jeweller, Bridge Street
Hardings at Fifty Six, accessories, gifts, greetings cards & local souvenirs, High Street
OSOboutique Fashion & More, two boutiques with collections of fashion, jewellery & footwear, High Street
Raffinee, a ladies shoes & accessories boutique, High Street
Rebecca Jackson Jewellery, contemporary jewellery, Fishteron Street
Regent Tailoring, British clothing, New Street
Salisbury Antiques Market, a range of antique traders, Catherine Street
Salisbury Cathedral Gift Shop, souvenirs, gifts, books, jewellery, pictures and clothing, Salisbury Catherdal
Sarum College Bookshop, award winning independent Christian and theological bookshop, The Close
Sarum Jewellers, antique and second hand jewellery, New Canal
Shirley Snells, fresh flowers, bouquets & floral arrangements, Milford Street
Stonehenge Cycles, mountain and leisure bikes, clothing and equipment, Fishterton Street
The Artisan Studio, items for men, women, the home and dogs! Fisherton Mill, Fisherton Street.
The Card Collection, design-led cards and gifts, High Street
The India Shop, the best of Fair Trade home and gift products, High Street
Timber Treasures, handmade wooden gifts, High Street
W Carter & Son, Salisbury’s oldest jewellery shop, Minster Street
Well Natural, supplements, health foods, organic body care and sports nutrition, Queen Street
There are three main shopping malls in Salisbury, mixing both national and independent stores:
Arman’s Art and Design Coffee House
Conker Boutique, affordable fashion
G&T’s World of Cards, greeting cards, wrapping paper and gifts
Ganesha Handicraft, Nepali & Indian made clothing, stones, sterling silver jewellery
Robert Dyas, hardware
Superdrug, beauty and health
The Cake Forge, individually designed cakes, plus a shop of cake decorating supplies
The Hat Shop, with lots of hats!
The Works, books and gifts
Cross Keys Shopping Centre
Gallery 21 Fine Art
Vinyl Collectors and Sellers, new and pre-owned records
Scent & Colour, quality natural perfume handmade with vegan essential oils
TX Maxx, fashion and homewear
Warhammer, Games Workshop and they will be having 7 day opening instead of the usual 5
Well Natural, supplements, health foods, organic body care and sports nutrition
Ryman, stationery, toys, gift wrap
Discover the latest Christmas offers and promotions from Cross Keys retailers and individual opening hours at www.crosskeyssalisbury.co.uk
The Old George Mall
Accessorize, jewellery, scarves, hats, underwear and bags
Claire’s Accessories, accessories, jewellery, and toys
Fat Face, clothing for men, women and children
H&M, clothing for men, women and children
Marks and Spencer, fashion and food
Reiker, anti-stress footwear
Smiggle, stationary for children, bags and accessories
Superdrug, beauty and health
Schuh, shoes and trainers
Top Shop and Top Man, fashion
The Body Shop, beauty products
WH Smith, books, cards, gifts and stationary
CHARTER MARKET & SUNDAY FESTIVE MARKETS
Salisbury’s historic Charter Market dates back over 800 years. It runs twice weekly each Tuesday and Saturday with social distancing measures in place. Market traders sell an array of items from fresh produce and deli food to clothing and household goods.
And, if you want a market with some extra Christmas sparkle, then don’t forget to make a trip to the Salisbury Sunday Festive Markets. They will be running on the first three Sundays in December. The Market Place and Guildhall Square will be filled with artisans, crafters and independent retailers as well as street food vendors, the perfect opportunity to pick up unique Christmas gifts.
CLICK & COLLECT AND ONLINE
You may think all the shops in Salisbury city centre are closed during this second coronavirus lockdown, but they aren’t! Many have an online presence and are offering click & collect as well as delivery services. For all the information click here.
Salisbury: Shop Safe, Shop Local.