Looking for something a bit different? Then Mr Wolf is for you. With one of their two high street stores on Hexham’s Market Street (the other is in Old Eldon Square in Newcastle), you’ll find an independent toy shop that’s full to the brim with high-quality, interesting and inspiring gifts for kids of all ages.
When all your shopping is complete, there’s nowhere better to relax and refuel than Hexham’s Bouchon Bistrot: a friendly French bistrot in the heart of the town, set over three floors in a beautiful Grade II-listed building. With awards and coveted positions in food guides to their name, Bouchon’s quality is unmistakable. But what they do best is transport their guests across the Channel, where beautifully-cooked food and a warm ambience combine to bring a little slice of France to Northumberland.
Sorella is a hidden gem on Hallstile Bank – with fashion and gifts, all lovingly handpicked from small companies. Think cashmere-mix knitwear and leather handbags from Italy, gorgeous home fragrances and bathing collections, and supersoft, cotton shirts and linens. With complimentary gift wrapping, a visit to Sorella is sure to inspire and delight.
With original and unique gift ideas from many of the finest artists across the North East and beyond, the Robinson-Gay Art Gallery has quality and craftsmanship at its heart. Housed in an 18th century townhouse, with a collection that is carefully curated and changes every three months, the gallery specialises in bespoke, handmade furniture and marquetry boxes, printmaking, painting, handmade glass and ceramics.
Ralph & Mimi is a boutique with a difference. With childrenswear and ladieswear, they offer an off-the-peg range, as well as taking special commissions for bespoke pieces for those perfect-fitting and totally unique garments. Creating items which are made to last and to be passed down through the generations, Ralph & Mimi offer a timeless style that is hard to find anywhere else.
Matthias Winter is Hexham’s eco-home shop. Conscious of the impact of global consumerism, they want to make every pound spent one that is carefully considered. Having recently increased their range of eco-friendly products for the home to help people make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, Matthias Winter support artisan products made in the North East, including jewellery, wood work, original art and cards.
Petals of Hexham have been meeting the lingerie and swimwear needs of the region for more than 18 years. Stockists of Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Chantelle, Lejaby, Empreinte and Fantasie lingerie, Petals also has the finest swimwear from Gottex, Rosch, Feraud and Fantasie. All this, plus a friendly and professional Rigby & Peller-trained fitting service, so you know you’ll find the perfect product for you.
Penfax are specialist stationers stocking a wide and eclectic range of traditional and classic branded stationery products, from Lamy to Leuchtturm and Fabriano to Filofax. Their exclusive in-house products include handmade James Sinclair Collection items made with 100 percent Northumbrian wool tweed – consisting of desk accessories and fine notebooks. With the specialist knowledge here you’ll be able to find a writing product, for whatever style or aesthetic you’re after.