Celebrating our Independent Stores

13th December 2016

Here at The Ridings we have over 80 stores including M&S, Boots, Primark and TK Maxx. You’ll also see a selection of unique retailers offering everything from antiques and collectibles, independent fashion brands through to craft and handmade products.

We’re really proud of our independent stores and to celebrate Small Business Saturday on 3rd December, we took a tour of them to showcase their exciting stores and products.

Created in Yorkshire is just one of many independent retailers that is an ongoing success story. Catering for shoppers that love handmade products, the award-winning retailer has over 30 different craft makers who work in store and feature their items. Here shoppers benefit from bespoke, individual pieces that you would not traditionally find on the high street.

It is not just Created in Yorkshire that supports micro businesses. Artworld Gallery and Wakefield Antiques Centre also operate collectives with artists and dealers from around the Wakefield district featuring their beautiful pieces whilst also offering a helping hand when it comes to running the stores.

Sandra Bradbury, Manager of Artworld Gallery, comments: “Artworld Gallery is proud to showcase regional talent and give budding artists a place to display their artwork. We continue to receive great feedback from shoppers, who find a visit to the gallery a calming and enjoyable experience.”

Adding a touch of glam to our middle mall is Dickeybow Boutique. Owner Karl is the man in the know for styling, whatever the season or occasion! Here you can enjoy hair and makeup services and pick up outfit styling tips as you enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst browsing the rails.

Feather’s Confectionery is another tasty gem! The family run confectionery business offers handmade Belgian truffles, chocolate lollies, chocolate shoes and traditional sweets – perfect for tasty Christmas treats!

Morgana Hellraiser was crowned Independent Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Wakefield Retail Awards and sells a great selection of clothing, music and merchandise which can’t often be found anywhere else in Wakefield.

For that unique gift this Christmas, make sure you head to Present Days. Stocking a large selection of beautiful and contemporary presents, the original items will make the perfect presents for family and friends.

Our newest independent addition is Wild Wick, a beautiful homeware shop stocking a huge range of bath bombs, soaps, candles, melts & more.

If you’re in Wakefield, make sure you take the time to explore our independents, we guarantee you’ll be impressed!