Pick up some great art, literature and local crafts from Birmingham's independent shops.
The Great Western Arcade
Amidst vibrant Birmingham’s modern hustle and bustle, one retail environment stands apart. With quiet sophistication, and genteel elegance, The Great Western Arcade whisks you back to the city’s proud Victorian heritage. Within this majestic 1876 parade, independent boutique-style retailers, genuine specialists and a sprinkling of high street names give discerning shoppers the feel that beautiful discoveries await behind every door.
Just off New Street, Piccadilly Arcade is famous for its’ hand-painted ceilings and independent specialist retailers, including Hustle & Flow, an urban fashionista hotspot and Onyx Workshop and Piccadilly Jewellers, both of whom deal in high quality jewellery. You’ll find experienced staff to help guide you through your purchase here. Drop into Smithsonia for some original and delightful gift ideas, or why not say it with flowers at Petals of Piccadilly? Or for a pampered experience, head to Finishing Touches for a range of hair and beauty treatments or to Marco Benito’s nail bar.
Just look for the Burlington Hotel next to Waterstones on New Street, and you’ll find this elegant little arcade. Inside you’ll find Uber, an exclusive men’s and women’s fashion retailer; Bad Apple Hair, one of our many cutting-edge stylists in the city, plus the premier designer retailer Flannels. And underneath all this, The Bacchus Bar, named after the Roman god of wine and intoxication, is one of the city centre’s best kept secrets for good food and drink.
Handmade Birmingham Crafts Market
At the gateway to the Bullring, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, local artists are innovating new and more entrepreneurial ways to present and sell their work. ‘Handmade Birmingham’ runs during the year along Edgbaston Street. See our What’s On calendar for the next event.
Sara Preisler Gallery
Sara Preisler is one of Birmingham’s most recognised living jewellery designers. Award winning and internationally established, Sara has been making jewellery in her Custard Factory studio since 1993 where later, in 2002, Sara opened it as her first Gallery at ‘Front of House’.
The Sara Preisler Gallery is now renowned for showcasing beautiful, contemporary jewellery alongside other innovative design pieces. From this space, Sara sells her own exclusive collections as well as some of the UK's leading designer-maker's. Sara herself has worked with a wide range of clients to include The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam and Selfridges, to name but a few. She also works on private jewellery commissions by appointment.
The gallery is located within The Custard Factory, Birmingham's revolutionary new arts and media quarter. It is within this space that Sara represents over seventy of the UK's leading designer makers with collections ranging from a wide range of contemporary jewellery, to ceramics, silverware, textiles, wire sculpture, glass and photography. Alongside the gallery's regular artists, Sara promotes and curates a range of bi-monthly exhibitions focusing on international contemporary makers looking toward the more intellectual aspects of contemporary design.
A beautiful space, and voted twice a 'reason to visit England' by Visit Britain.com, you can now access and buy Sara's distinctive jewellery by limited edition release, alongside exclusive pieces from some of the best contemporary makers from the UK.
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Lily Jones Florist
Based in the Jewellery Quarter Lily Jones provides fantastic, imaginative, bespoke floral designs and an efficient, reliable service. We always deliver on time, and ‘on the money’.
With Lily Jones, it’s about the personal approach. They get to know people - your joys and sorrows, hopes and dreams. They personalise your experience in their custom designs; and share whole lifecycles with their loyal customers.
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