Got more Christmas shopping to do? Fed up of wishing you could move like an Olympic athlete around town's German market, Merry Hill is beginning to feel more like Merry Hell, hate the impersonal touch of buying online and the dread of whether your purchases will be delivered in time for Christmas? Yes, us too!
Thankfully the answer's right on our doorstep - Bearwood's brillant independent shops! We've made a list of our favourites but if we have missed any that you think should be included please just email the details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here goes......(they're in no particular order!)
NX News (Bearwood Road) - the bookseller where the customer really does come first!
Miss Molly's Flower Room (Three Shires Oak Road) - taking Christmas orders now! Love their Christmas trees.
Webb's of Bearwood (Three Shires Oak Road) - Late night shopping until 8pm Thursday and Friday nights until Christmas..mince pies and mulled wine for all! A definite Bearwood All-star!
Davand Jewellery (Bearwood Road)
Davand Jewellery really need Bearwood's support. They were broken into last Saturday and the owner David Nicholls was dealt a very nasty blow to the head. They've been in Bearwood for over 25 years so forget HE Samuels buy your pressies for your loved ones from Davand Jewellery instead.
TC Hayes (Bearwood Road) - voted no 1 independent electrical retailer in the UK. Wow!
Bearwood Indoor Market (Bearwood Road) - Bearwood's first pop up shop (yeah!), sweetie paradise Sweet Dreams and loads of other brillant stalls
Andrew's Plants (St Marys Road) - ok....we know....not a shop in the tradtional sense but Andrew's Plants is such a great regular feature on Bearwood High Street that we wanted to include him. Just love this beautiful Christmas wreath.
If we've forgotten any......please let us know!
We've heard on the grapevine too that some of our favourite 'indie' shops will be at Bearwood On Ice. It starts tomorrow - can't wait!