Indies: Offline and On

Birmingham has a combined total of 17.5million H&Ms and Paperchases. And hey — they have their place. But we're all about shining lights and words and twinkles on the little (wo)man. The independent scene is on the up. Online or fo' reals, here are the loveliest places to spend your hard-earned cash money.

People Shop //  Founded by a Mr & Mrs power duo, Kings Heath-based The People Shop is more than your ordinary. Focussing on homeware and womenswear, Allison has grown a community online and in-store. 

People Shop //  Founded by a Mr & Mrs power duo, Kings Heath-based The People Shop is more than your ordinary. Focussing on homeware and womenswear, Allison has grown a community online and in-store. 

Honest  // The skincare gods recently opened their second (immaculate) store in the Great Western Arcade. But you already knew that, right? Another exciting development: Honest is bringing out a completely vegan lip balm.

Honest  // The skincare gods recently opened their second (immaculate) store in the Great Western Arcade. But you already knew that, right? Another exciting development: Honest is bringing out a completely vegan lip balm.

James Newman // This city is pretty good at jewellery. We’ve got a quarter dedicated to it FFS. Our pick is a little less traditional than some of the JQ fodder — graduate of Birmingham Jewellery School, James Newman.  

James Newman // This city is pretty good at jewellery. We’ve got a quarter dedicated to it FFS. Our pick is a little less traditional than some of the JQ fodder — graduate of Birmingham Jewellery School, James Newman.
 

 Collective // Another treasure new to GWA is Collective. Their furniture and home accessories have that feeling of a particularly chic and cosy ski chalet. And it saves the trip to Leamington, where the other outpost is.

 Collective // Another treasure new to GWA is Collective. Their furniture and home accessories have that feeling of a particularly chic and cosy ski chalet. And it saves the trip to Leamington, where the other outpost is.

Isherwood // Not your average high street florist, Jordan at Isherwood has created an urban jungle in her new Stirchley shop. They literally have a connecting door into Caneat Cafe,  as if you needed another reason to visit.

Isherwood // Not your average high street florist, Jordan at Isherwood has created an urban jungle in her new Stirchley shop. They literally have a connecting door into Caneat Cafe,  as if you needed another reason to visit.

Track Twelve //  Just a baby, Track Twelve is still in its early stages. But we predict great things for Chalsie Williamson’s flourish-filled brand, that is colourful, super-cool and actually wearable — all at once. So. Many. Pockets. 

Track Twelve //  Just a baby, Track Twelve is still in its early stages. But we predict great things for Chalsie Williamson’s flourish-filled brand, that is colourful, super-cool and actually wearable — all at once. So. Many. Pockets. 

Bodhi & Birch //  Available online and in select bricks and mortar stores, Alcester-based Bodhi & Birch bring together elements of Eastern and Western skincare to create luxey products that are kind to skin and to the planet. 

Bodhi & Birch //  Available online and in select bricks and mortar stores, Alcester-based Bodhi & Birch bring together elements of Eastern and Western skincare to create luxey products that are kind to skin and to the planet. 

Oh My Clumsy Heart // Another Instagram celeb, Sophie Davis is a minimal lifestyle blogger and designer and maker behind Oh My Clumsy Heart jewellery brand. Simple and charming jewels are the order of all the days.

Oh My Clumsy Heart // Another Instagram celeb, Sophie Davis is a minimal lifestyle blogger and designer and maker behind Oh My Clumsy Heart jewellery brand. Simple and charming jewels are the order of all the days.

Houston's House // Online homeware store  is a little slice of Scandinavia, albeit one working out of Harborne. Think terrariums, crockery and candles and you’re pretty close. All available with a tippety-tappety clickety-click.

Houston's House // Online homeware store  is a little slice of Scandinavia, albeit one working out of Harborne. Think terrariums, crockery and candles and you’re pretty close. All available with a tippety-tappety clickety-click.

Bloom //As well as straight-up floristry, the gals over at Bloom host workshops in gorgey places (why, hello) and run life-lifting ‘flower drops’ regularly, delivering beaut flowers and foliage to doorsteps across B-town.

Bloom //As well as straight-up floristry, the gals over at Bloom host workshops in gorgey places (why, hello) and run life-lifting ‘flower drops’ regularly, delivering beaut flowers and foliage to doorsteps across B-town.

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