Business name: Spotty Herberts
Your name: Kate Austin
Where are you based and what do you do?
Our shop is on the cobbles of Queen St, just up from the Gin Bar and opposite The Wild Café. We are a shop for children, 0-10 years with neat pocket toys and small, ethically produced, sustainable brands of unisex clothing.
What inspired you to start your business?
When our ‘Herberts’ were small I would travel back to London or wait and shop on holiday for their clothes. There was nowhere locally to find the good stuff!
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
You never know who’ll walk through your door, from where they came or where they’re heading. We are visited by people from all over the world, our customers are truly global.
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
I rarely buy a sandwich but if I’m short on time and have forgotten my lunch then you’ll find me over the road at The Wild Café buying a large piece of cake by ‘Homemade by Ella’. Delicious cake, often vegan or gluten free so I can tell myself ‘it is ok to have cake for lunch’.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch or a meal/drink after a tough day?
I’m a pizza addict and I love ‘Dough’ in The Corridor. Ask ‘the boss’ for his current favourite pizza, usually not on the menu, always excellent.
Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?
I love Meticulous Ink on Walcot Street. They print such beautiful stationery with huge, clunking printing presses. I occasionally go in to sniff the ink and reminisce of college days up on Sion Hill in the print rooms. Those were the days…
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
Try to keep your shop stocked and relevant for both your local customers and tourists too. Be prepared with maps for directions and keep a list of your recommended stops for coffee, drinks, lunch and dinner, you’ll be amazed how often you’re asked!