What’s Behind Glasgow Shop Fronts?
In this Blog I have decided to actually have a look at “What’s Behind Glasgow Shop Fronts” instead of just the front of them! I thought I would have a wee look at the best of Glasgow’s hidden gems in the form of fun and quirky shops you go and spend your pennies in. These are my favourite and there are in no order, it was too hard to choose!
List of our Favourite Glasgow Shop Fronts
Full Table of Content
- 1 What’s Behind Glasgow Shop Fronts?
- 2 List of our Favourite Glasgow Shop Fronts
- 3 Stephen O’Neil
- 4 Mr Bens
- 5 Paper Plane
- 6 Love Music
- 7 Pink Poodle
- 8 The Shop of Interest
- 9 The Glasgow Vintage Company
- 10 Valhallas Goat
- 11 Penny Black
- 12 Sunshine No1
- 13 Starry Starry Night
- 14 Solo
- 15 About Living
- 16 My Home Bakery
- 17 Maia Gifts and Lovely Things
This is one of my favourite shops at the moment, having received a print for a present it is now my go to shop for gifts especially as I have a lot of friends living abroad and they do lots of cool Scottish stuff. Located in Shawlands they are right on the cross you can’t miss it and named after that artist that creates all this wonderful stuff. All prints, coasters, t-shirts, mugs, badges, cushions have prints on them of famous icons. Scottish ones have teacakes, Irn Bru and highland cows and his collection also includes famous landmarks from cities like Glasgow with the horse with a traffic cone on its head and Edinburgh Castle. Really nice gift shop especially if like me you have homesick friends living abroad. This is a shop that is definitely worth a visit to pick up some wee gifts or even treat yourself, go on you know you want too!
Anyone from Glasgow has been to Mr Ben’s at least once in their life, or have they?! Hidden away in King Street at the back of the St Enoch Centre you could actually miss it completely if you didn’t know it was there. It is probably one the more garish Glasgow Shop Fronts once you have discovered it. What a little gem it is though and is well worth a rummage on a Saturday stroll in town. You will find a huge mix of classic, designer, labelled, vintage clothing and accessories, you are guaranteed to find something that suits your taste tucked away, if you rummage for long enough! I have been dragged round here many a Saturday by friends and always left with stuff I never intended to buy.
Having lived in Shawlands for many years this was a go to shop for me when I forgot a birthday or anniversary for one of my friends and still wanted to impress! Situated in Skirving Street, next to my favourite Chinese (which was dangerous on a hangover let me tell you), literally a 5-minute walk from Shawlands Cross. The shop stocks lots of little quirky and fun stationery, gifts, jewellery, hair clips, badges and lots, lots more! There is always a lot of stock tailored towards events such as Easter and the likes and the items are always unique, cool and reasonability priced too. What makes it even better is that the sister shop Butterfly Kisses it the next shop which is another favourite Glasgow Shop Front of mine focused more on clothing specifically for woman and children all of which is gorgeous too!
One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday is to go to a vinyl shop and have a good old rummage to see what classics I can buy. Vinyl remind me of being in my gran’s playing cards and everyone drinking too much (not me as I was only little but the adults – obviously LOL). So, I like to head to the little independently ran ones and stop off for a pint in-between, pick up some classics and head home and play them full blast and then put them in the box with all the other vinyl and forget I have them! Situated just round from Queen Street Station on Dundas Street I can spend hours in Love Music. Not only do they buy and sell vinyl LP’s and singles, music DVD’s and other merchandise on huge artists they support unsigned acts too so sometime you stumble across a right little cracker. Go and visit it next time you are near and buy some vinyl, go home and play it full blast and dance around your living room. I bet you feel amazing!
When I do venture into the West End, which isn’t often enough in fairness, I always like a trip to Pink Poodle. I love to give myself lots of time to have a good look round as there’s lots to see. First located on Byres Road and now in Creswell Lane, which is a wee hive of fun stuff and only 5 minutes’ walk from the Hillhead subway. Pink Poodle have been on the go for over a decade yet when you walk in the door you get the cool hipster feel you would expect from a new modern west end boutique. A smaller Glasgow Shop Front than usual but it is still filled with lots of individual style, quirky clothing, and even quirkier accessories it’s a shop to visit.
The Shop of Interest
Located on Argyle Street in the super cool area of Finnieston is The Shop of Interest. This is one of my favourite Glasgow Shop Fronts. Very apt name as everything in it is unusual and individual. When googled the description is Art Gallery which for some of us would sound boring but this shop is full of really nice prints, limited edition artwork as well as broaches, houseware, jewellery and millions of other bits and bobs. I actually got my mum a gift out of here for her birthday last year, a lovely chunky silver chain which she never has off as it goes with every outfit and is definitely one of the best gifts I have bought.
The Glasgow Vintage Company
Another little cracker in the west end of Glasgow is The Glasgow Vintage Co, this is located in Kelvinbridge. The shop specialises in men, women and children so you can be sure to find something for all the family. Almost like Mr Ben’s it is definitely worth a rummage round as there is lots hidden behind this Glasgow Shop Front.
Located on Great Western Road this off license is like no other! Upon entering the shop, you will soon notice that it is floor to ceiling with craft beers, fine wines and spirits. There is a lovely little independent bottle shop hidden behind this Glasgow Shop Front.. I am sure lots of these things are sure to be an excellent buy if you are looking for a soak in the tub with a large glass of red (me) or to have a craft beer while playing the PlayStation (the other half). I bought a lovely bottle of gin out of here for a very good friend and even though it was pricey it was one of the best she has had – so I am told!
Award-winning, independent greeting card shops with Post Offices in both Glasgow’s West End and Charing Cross, Scotland. The shop in the West End also features a tasty café which is idea if you want to have a break from shopping and put your feet up. Penny Blacks stores unique cards, stationery and gifts, and within the café there are yummy and friendly menus with the convenience of top notch local Post Office services. Which by the way service one of the best coffee’s in Glasgow!
Another shop not that unlike Stephen O’Neil in the fact it is an independent shop based in Glasgow, showcasing the best art, gifts and cards from Scotland. This one is also south side however is based in Cathcart Road. Crammed full of individual gifts from local artists you could spend ages in here! They also have a one day event called Spectacle May Madness with the Eyedresser. This is where you can view his range of funky glasses frames! These can be made to sunglasses or prescription and are sure to make you stand out from the crowd.
Starry Starry Night
Last but in no way least Starry Starry Night is also located in Dowanside Lane in the West End, so although I don’t visit it often I do make a point of popping in when I do go west of the city. A small boutique buying and selling clothing and textiles from a while range of era’s. You may not find your dress here for the office party but if you are looking for fancy dress or something a bit special here is where you will find it! Established in 1986 this wee gem has been trading for just over a decade and does not disappoint.
Located in the very quirky Hyndland Road, since 1984 I may add, the ladies boutique is every woman’s dream! The good thing about Solo is that they actually only ever buy one of each size so when it is gone it is gone. It really means that you are buying a unique bit of clothing. Brands include Holland & Cooper, MAC and lots more. I really enjoy looking round here at all the lovely items though I have never been fortunate enough to bag anything in my size quick enough it doesn’t put me off trying. This would be an ideal place to try for that special outfit.
I stumbled across About Living whilst en route to visit a friend the other day. Located on Fenwick Road in Giffnock this shop has so many lovely ranges of products all unique and completely different. The price point ranges from small gifts at a few quid to much bigger budgets if you can afford to spend it. I manged to pick up a few photo frames and candles that my flat absolutely needed, even though my fiancé would beg to differ. Ooh and they also have a store in Newton Mearns and Perth too!
My Home Bakery
Now we all need that little slice of heaven sometimes and that is exactly what you will get if you should venture to Hyndland Street and pop into My Home Bakery. This little café has the most delicious cakes and coffees and has a very welcoming and friendly vibe. My absolutely favourite has to be the Carrot Cake however here is lots to choose from. It is vegetarian friendly and even has some gluten free options too!
Maia Gifts and Lovely Things
This little gem won Independent Gift retailer of The Year in 2016 and I can see why. Hidden away on Bath Street, City Centre this Glasgow Shop Front is a downstairs shop this lovely little place stocks gifts for her, him, weddings, babies, teachers and just about anything else you are looking for I bet! They also now have a very cool new website that you can go on and have a look over all their stuff but I if it were me I would definitely make sure that you go in for a rummage around.
So yeah, Glasgow certainly has a decent mix of some really fun and unusual little shops for you to visit and I am sure there are more some that I haven’t even discovered yet! It is always worth remembering to support your local independent retailer before jumping on line and using on-line shopping from the normal go to places. I have got some really awesome stuff from these places and I am sure you could too if you pay them a visit and venture behind the Glasgow Shop Front.
If there are any Glasgow Shop Fronts that you love why not drop us a comment below and we will add them to the blog.