With 10 shopping days left until Valentine’s Day, our gorgeous independent shop owner Emma from Grace & Ted gives us some inspiration if you want to shop local…

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and shop windows are full of big red hearts and soppy cards.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a significant other or just looking for an excuse to treat yourself, I thought i’d share some of my favourite Bath indie businesses that will hopefully offer some gift inspiration. Whether it’s for you, your partner or the dog is neither here nor there. Love is love, ya know.

Emma Rose Art

Why not throw a total curveball this V-Day and invest in a piece of art for a loved one? Upstairs at Number 78 Walcot Street you’ll find Emma Rose Art Works. Specialising in contemporary, semi-abstract and impressionistic painting, Emma’s pieces are full of colour and texture and a real joy to admire.

Find prints in various sizes, limited edition pieces and cards and chat to the super lovely Emma about what you love, with no pressure to buy.

A thoughtful gift that’s as unique as the person it’s for – you’re bound to earn brownie points with this one!

www.emmaroseartworks.com

Katherine Fraser

A couple of doors up from Emma Rose is another clever lady – Katherine Fraser. Katherine is a designer-weaver (you can see why Walcot Street is called the Artisan Quarter, theres’ so much talent here, I can barely papier-mâché with my 3 year old niece).

Katherine creates unique, handwoven textiles for fashion and interior on a traditional weaving loom. If you’re looking for quality one-off pieces, start here. Using only the best natural fibres, anyone with an aversion to synthetic textiles will love being wrapped up in one of Katherine’s handmade scarves or blankets.

www.katherinefraser.co.uk

Rudi’s Records

If you or your beloved are a music lover, you need to meet Rudi. Find ‘Rudi’s Records’ at Green Park Station on the Sunday’s of the Vintage & Antiques Market and the Flea Market – you can’t miss him and his lovely wife Susan surrounded by mountains of the best vinyl.

Nicknamed ‘The Bearded Jukebox’ music has been Rudi’s passion his whole life and I swear, there is nothing he doesn’t know!

Go along for a root through his collection for the sheer joy of discovering artists you didn’t know you’d love and chat to Rudi for stories of your favourite bands and musicians you’ve probably never heard.

@rudisrecords on Instagram

The Painted Flower

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some beautiful blooms and The Painted Flower is where you’re guaranteed to find the most special bouquets.

Besides being a total babe, Becky has an expert eye for floral design and even has a small selection of handmade crafts (check out the hearts she makes using vintage beads and dried flowers.)

You can’t beat roses on Valentine’s Day and Becky’s roses are 10x better than your average so go there and make someone very happy.

www.thepaintedflowerbath.com

Pug & Puffin

If your four-legged friend is your one and only this Valentine’s Day (and everyday, let’s face it  💖) then Pug & Puffin is the perfect place to show the world and your best bud, how much they mean to you.

From new collars and coats to coasters and cushions, this little shop on Northumberland Place is a haven for dog lovers. A lot of the products are designed by Pug & Puffin themselves meaning you won’t find them anywhere else!

www.pugandpuffin.co.uk

Grace & Ted

Last but not least, my little shop on the corner of Kingsmead Square is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for something that can’t be found anywhere else on Bath’s high street. Whether it’s a Prada dress, a vintage bracelet, Chanel purse, Burberry wallet or Mulberry cufflinks; there’s something sure to suit every budget.

Pop in and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to help you find it. Or just come in and enjoy looking at and trying on lovely things! Treat yourself while you’re at it because, why not?

www.graceandted.co.uk

Thank you lovely Emma for sharing your pearls of wisdom with us about all things Indie this Valentine’s Day. What a dream!