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The Shopkeepers' Top 10 Lifestyle Stores

Well this was an absolutely lovely way to start the new year. Thank you thank you thank you to The Shopkeepers and their gorgeous readers for choosing us as one of the Top 10 Lifestyle Stores in, not Winchester, not the UK, not even Europe but in the whole entire flippin’ world.

The Shopkeepers is a blog (with a beautiful Instagram feed) with the singular aim of Sharing a World of Shops. In their words “Independent shops add character and vitality to our cities, towns and neighborhoods, providing vibrancy and community to locals and visitors alike. Every shop tells an individual story, carefully curated to reflect each shopkeeper’s unique character and vision.”

 

Founded in 2015 by Paula Flynn as an antidote to the dominance of the major High Street stores and e-tailers, The Shopkeepers features all sorts of inspirational independent retailers from around the world and across all sorts of different product categories, telling the stories of these shops through interview, commentary and lots and lots of photography. Contributing editors include stylist Stephanie Bateman Sweet who has been a long standing Hambledon champion and to whom we are ever grateful.

This year The Shopkeepers have put together a list of their Top 10 Stores across many different sectors, including Food and Provisions, Markets, Stationery and Vintage and Antiques. We are delighted and thrilled to have made it on to The Top 10 Lifestyle Stores list. And in extremely esteemed company. Congratulations to our fellow shopkeeping friends Merci (in Paris), The Paris Market (in, ironically, Savannah GA), A Vida Portuguesa (in Lisbon and I am going to pay homage in May), Bon, I Gigi, Mina Milanda, Woven, Clic and The Perish Trust. We feel very honoured.

Retail is a funny old game. And it is a pretty challenging game in the current climate. But it remains the best job in the world. And that is in large part due to the lovely, lovely people (customers, suppliers and staff alike) with whom we have the privilege of working. All of you, take a bow.