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.
Paxton & Whitfield has been Britain's leading cheese monger. The rich and the famous, royalty and politicians alike all beat a path to their door. In Stratford, that door hides a beamed shop with low ceilings and a warm, intimate atmosphere. The inviting shop is a perfect place to browse and taste a variety of hand-made cheeses that are aged to perfection. Every tasty morsel associated with cheese is available, from bread and biscuits to pickles and the most plump olives with herbs. Please call for open hours.
Smithsonia is a superb, friendly and unimposing gift shop in the eclectic Piccadilly Arcade. It sells silver jewellery, prints, frames, clocks, ornaments and art deco curios, all at favourably realistic prices. There are lots of Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired pieces and a fine range of earrings. All the merchandise is either innovative or interesting, or both, and it'll be a surprise if nothing takes your fancy. Ideal for buying impetuous gifts, whether for a friend or yourself.
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.
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.
With a window guaranteed to catch your eye, this small shop manages to pack two floors of designer style inside. Domino is fresh and sassy whether its casual separates, something more formal or a late-night look that you're after. Jewelry and accessories here are decidedly different and definitely individual! Names and items to look out for include jeans by Diesel and fashion and accessories by Whistles, Mikey, Ted Barker and Bernshaw.
Vinegar Hill is a delightful gift shop which leads on to a coffee shop and then on to a sandwich shop. All offer items of exquisite taste! The gift shop specializes in hand made wrapping paper and cards, ribbons, bows and a range of candles and small picture frames. It also features a selection of unique gifts including East European blue and white ceramics and a great collection of handcrafted wooden toys.
If you are studying Shakespeare, then this shop situated opposite Shakespeare's Birthplace, is the place to get your play texts, study notes and criticism. In doing so you will be supporting The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (who owns and manages the shop and who owns and manages the Shakespeare Houses) as all profits are used to support the Trust's work. The shop also stocks publications on theater, film and Tudor history as well as videos, audio cassettes, CD's and CD-ROMs that cater to children, students and those who have a general interest in Shakespeare. Note that a worldwide mail order service is available.