Top 5: Favourite Shopping Stores

We love creating lists of our favourite things at Such & Such, everything from our Top 5 favourite films, songs, shops, sofas etc etc, you get the general impression. We thought why not share these on the journal, problem is we are always changing our minds...new things come along and get added to our top 5 all the time or we can't narrow it down to just 5 or we just can't agree...but we decided it would be fun to try. To start this new journal post we decided to begin with our Top 5 favourite shopping stores that we have visited. These are the stores that have left a lasting impression on us. It is sometimes as much about the location and buildings the stores are in as to the products they sell. Do you have a favourite store, let us know which ones would be on your list? In no particular order this is our current top 5 favourite shopping stores.

BAILEYS: Ross on Wye, UK

[caption id="attachment_7938" align="alignnone" width="760"]Such & Such favourite shops Baileys Ross on Wye Baileys in Bridstow, Ross on Wye. Image via Baileys[/caption] Baileys-Remodelista [caption id="attachment_7939" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Such & Such Shopping Interior of Baileys. Images from Remodelista via Photographer Rich Stapleton and Cereal Magazine Interior of Baileys. Images from Remodelista via Photographer Rich Stapleton and Cereal Magazine[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7941" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Favourite shopping stores, Tin Tabernacle Tearoom at Baileys, Ross on Wye. Image via Baileys Tin Tabernacle Tearoom at Baileys, Ross on Wye. Image via Baileys[/caption] Baileys is one of those shops that just leaves a big impression on you, if you have not made the trip to this collection of old barns showcasing a large and eclectic mix of old and new then you are in for a real treat. This is not glossy shopping, so if that is your thing, Baileys probably won't be but if you like unique, parred down interesting and varied, then this destination shop should be on your list. The main building is an old converted threshing barn with other buildings heading off it, baileys do a large range of their own products everything from ceramics to sofas and hundreds of items in between, they also stock carefully selected items which work with their ethos and own collection. The Tin Tabernacle Tearoom is the perfect pit stop to refuel with cake and coffee and help decide what you can possibly leave behind till next time... "At baileys we love things that are well designed, well made and not too complicated or fussy – old or new." Mark & Sally Bailey.

L'USINE: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

[caption id="attachment_7953" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Such & Such Favourite Shopping stores L'Usine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam[/caption] SONY DSC When we lived in Vietnam, the shopping options were limited to the very high end fashion stores or the very local tourist traps with very few options in between. L'Usine situated in an old converted factory building was a huge breath of fresh air, hidden down a tiny little alley and up some wonky stairs dodging motorbikes on you way was a hidden hideaway. The building housed some of the independent designers working in the city, of which there was many, showcasing a range of fashion, art and homeware accessories. the result was a unique collection of products carefully arranged in a sympathetically converted building with all the old colonial features of the space highlighted and celebrated.

DEVOL: Cotes Mill Showroom, Loughborough

[caption id="attachment_7942" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Favourite shopping stores Devol Kitchens Devol Showroom, Cotes Mill, Loughborough[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7944" align="alignnone" width="760"]Sink Devol Handmade sink by Devol[/caption] Kitchen Showroom sign We have gone a bit Devol crazy but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to their Cotes Mill showroom last week, we won't gone about it anymore, you can just read our journal post on our visit. What Devol has in common with the other shops on our list is a great building to showcase their kitchens and wares. The mill is a lovely space to wander around with homewares, one off furniture and vintage finds, hand thrown ceramics, lights and gift items to look at.

SHED: Healdsburg, California

[caption id="attachment_7945" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Favourite shopping stores The Healdsburg Shed, California The Healdsburg Shed, California[/caption] Healdsburg-The-Shed-2 Healdsburg-The-Shed Shed-Shop-2 Shed-Shop-3 Heading to California any time soon, then you might want to check out the Shed in Healdsburg. Shed is described as a market, café and community gathering space designed to bring people closer to the way we grow, prepare and share food. It is a stunning space where you can buy, eat and learn about food, as well as buy beautiful tools for the kitchen and garden. The team behind it are a community of ranchers, fishermen, and artisan producers.

PETERSHAM NURSERIES: London

[caption id="attachment_7950" align="alignnone" width="760"]Top 5: Favourite shopping stores, Petersham Nurseries Petersham Nurseries, London[/caption] Petersham-Nurseries-sign-760x shopping-760x Petersham nurseries is a well known spot in London on the edge of Richmond park, it has been a destination to hang out, shop and eat for a long time know but that doesn't dull its impact when you visit. I read so much about this place before I finally visited but it did not disappoint. Lunch in one of the greenhouse teahouses and a wander through the shop, filled with vintage finds of course a look round the garden rooms, is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of London. Having taken over from her parents Francesco and Gael Boglione, eldest daughter Lara has been the driving force behind Petersham nurseries since 2011 and she explains: “We hope to have created a place of calm...somewhere that respects and is in tune with nature and positive living”.


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