Celebrating Shopping Local in Nottingham

Nottingham is an incredibly unique city in that it is brimming with independently owned shops and businesses.  In some areas,  you will probably find as many independently owned cafes, restaurants and shops as you will find High Street chains.  It makes for a really varied shopping experience especially when it comes to Christmas time and buying unique gifts for friends and family.

On Saturday 2nd December, I was invited into town with a group of lovely bloggers to celebrate our fantastic local business owners and see what they had to offer.  I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoyed the ritual of shopping and what a fun day out it could be.

As a parent of two small children, I’ve really got out of the habit of going shopping in town, and it’s dawned on me that this is a real shame.  It can be such a lovely thing to do, to go and meet friends and hit the shops, no matter what it is you are buying for.

Made in Nottingham

eco art made in nottingham

Our first stop was Made in Nottingham, which you will find in the intu Broadmarsh shopping centre.  This shop is brimming with unique gifts and I was literally spoilt for choice.  The eco art designs really caught my attention and there were some wonderful pieces of jewellery that would not find in the larger chains.

Everything you see in this shop has been created by someone who has been inspired by our city in some way, so it’s the perfect stop if you are buying for someone who is Nottingham born and bred.

jewellery made in Nottingham

The Malt Cross

Shopping can be tiring work can’t it, so you need to factor in a little pitstop en route to keep your energy levels up.  One of the most unique places to take the weight of your feet is the Malt Cross on St James’s St.

malt cross nottingham

This beautifully restored Old Victorian dance hall is now an excellent venue to stop for a drink or a bite to eat both day and night.  If you are on a shopping trip, why not pop in for a mulled wine or an afternoon tea?  I can promise you won’t be disappointed with either.

afternoon tea malt cross nottingham

Studio Chocolate

If you want to take your gift giving to the next level, then I would suggest adding a visit to Studio Chocolate to your list.  Here you get to try a range of delicious fine chocolate as well as make your own chocolate truffles.

chocolate making studio chocolate nottingham

If you want to give an extra special gift this year, then this is going to be a big hit.  We made a selection of truffles filled with chocolate ganache, pumpkin spiced caramel and lots of other treats.  I’m really looking forward to when my husband unwraps these little balls of chocolate deliciousness on Christmas Day.

handmade chocolates nottingham

Beauty Temple

A shopping trip should always end on a high don’t you think, and what could be better than a visit to the Beauty Temple on Queen Street for a little pampering.

beauty temple nottingam

My nails were very much in need of some TLC and would not dare show their face at any Christmas party until they had a file and polish.  Add to this a little Christmas cocktail, and I was certainly feeling festive and ready to visit my local Christmas lights switch on.

cocktail beauty temple

It was difficult to tear myself away as we had had such a lovely afternoon, meeting the local business owners and making new blogging friends too.  Fortunately I did manage to do it just in time so I wasn’t faced with two very disappointed children at home who missed the Christmas lights.

Thank you so much to It’s In Nottingham for a fabulous afternoon learning about the many fantastic and creative independent businesses that you will find in Nottingham. If you are keen to shop local check out  where to find them here

Zena's Suitcase
Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Sounds like my perfect shopping location, I love unique gifts, and supporting independent stores, I love the chocolate studio, wish their was somewhere like this local to me xxx

  2. December 5, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    What a wonderful afternoon. I loved the chocolate making at Studio Chocolate. I ate mine the next day. I have no self-restraint lol

  3. December 5, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Studio chocolate has my name wrote all over it – looks like a lovely place and well worth a visit – so yummy 🙂 x

  4. Kacie
    December 5, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I love the idea of dining an old Victorian dance hall and Studio Chocolate sounds like my idea of heaven!

  5. Laura Corrall
    December 5, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    How rare to have so many lovely independent shops. I love supporting independent shops! The festive cocktail looks amazing as does the chocolate experience. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Hope you and your family enjoyed the light switch on.

  6. December 6, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I love the idea of the shop where all the people have been inspired by Nottingham, such a cute idea. And wow that chocolate x

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    December 6, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Such a delight for all the family
    So much to see and do

  8. Hannah
    December 6, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    That chocolate looks amazing. Sounds like a lovely time x

  9. December 6, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    I love shopping at independent shops, it looks like Nottingham has a lot to offer, I think I’d like to spend a day shopping there!

  10. Jessica
    December 7, 2017 / 7:58 am

    I would love to visit the studio chocolate. I love chocolates a lot.

  11. Agata
    December 8, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Your chocolate making session sounds like fun. This is something I would love to experience.

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