This small shop provides a high quality, the alternative range of children's clothing without you having to pay top-designer prices. Daisy Chain caters to newborn babies up to children of primary school age and is a great place for a special outfit or for something a little out of the ordinary. This is also a great shop for some innovative educational toys and gifts, as well as wooden toys, soft toys galore, mobiles, wall hangings and even a battery-operated hobbyhorse.
Meridien Maps carries an exclusive range of old prints. For example, you could buy a delicately hand-colored 19th-century print. Choose from rolling landscapes, detailed still life or a sporting moment frozen in time. You will also find a wide range of fascinating old maps, all of which tell you so much about the changing face of Britain. If you cannot find what you want, then you could use the unique search service that the gallery offers. All of the prints are mounted and you can have them specially wrapped and sent anywhere in the world.
The jewelry industry developed in the city from the mid-19th Century. At its peak in the early part of the 20th Century, it employed nearly 20,000 workers. Today, the Jewellery Quarter is a bustling area that produces over a third of the UK's jewelry, and you can find tons of bargains in its many small shops. It's also home to the award-winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and some good restaurants.
Autograph is a designer menswear store with a stylish, minimalist feel, specializing mainly in Helmut Lang, Stone Island and Paul Smith. It sells elegant, casual clothes for both sexes at affordable prices. The shop is favored by the new breed of well-dressed footballer (for example Lee Sharpe, the former Manchester United player, has been spotted here).
Asda is one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, and has now been taken over by American giant WalMart. Its prices are generally reckoned to be keen and the Small Heath branch is open for 24 hours a day (with the exception of Sundays, owing to UK trading laws). Asda doesn't sell groceries alone but has a well-regarded clothes section too. It offers various other items such as kitchenware, pharmaceuticals and electronic goods. The store is open 24 hours from Tuesday to Friday.
Chaucer Head Bookshop is a gloriously, well-organized stock of books that seemingly covers every subject. There are specialist sections on Shakespeare, the theater, English literature, topography and natural history, nestling amongst the shelves. Many of the books are easily affordable but you will also find the more expensive "coffee table" photographic masterpiece here. The shop carries a range of unusual greeting cards and Tudor quills with which to make your mark! Note that the building is thought to date back to Shakespeare's time.
This specialist store, Shipton & Co stocks virtually every gem stone imaginable. With its unrivaled depth of experience and its own team of craftsmen, Shipton & Co can re-polish or re-cut worn or damaged stones as well as remount, remodel and rework old jewelery to your specification. It carries a vast stock of stones and is able to match or replace existing items as well as create new jewelery to complement your favorite pieces. If you are buying for a birthday, make sure that you check out the birthstones collection. For example, amethyst for February, cornelius for July and turquoise for December. Or take a look at the traditional gold and silver bracelets and necklaces including contemporary designs in the shape of power bracelets.
Styles here are suited to the more mature woman concerned with being both casual and smart. The atmosphere in this established shop is relaxed and warm; the clothes seem to echo that with their softer, more muted tones. Here you will find a good range of two-piece outfits as well as dresses. In addition, this is the place to go if you have been invited to a country wedding and you are looking for a style that is both wearable and good value for money. Names to look out for include Karelia, Janique and Henri Gras.
You can try before you buy from the extensive range of coffee - from Kenyan to Italian - on sale in this quirky, little shop. If you do decide to buy, make sure that you pick up information on how to store and brew coffee to perfection. Whittard also carrries a range of teas, again to try or to buy. Note that they are committed to supporting developing world suppliers and sell hand-painted china to ensure that you enjoy a quintessential English drink - the perfect cuppa! Visitors to the shop will also delight in its unusual gift items, including a connoisseur's coffee machine.
Enter this precious world of exquisite jewelery and fine Swiss watches at George Pragnell and you will be offered a private consultation with one of its staff. Here you will find an understated display of the finest antique and modern jewelery imaginable. As you would expect, Pragnells are registered valuers. In addition, they are specialists in jewelery and silver restoration and in the servicing of clocks and watches. They also accept commissions for one-off pieces. Names found here include the famous Gucci, Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe and Bvlgari.