Nestled in the Upper Calder Valley, Hebden Bridge is a small market town that’s big on creativity. The burgeoning bohemian streets have been thriving since the 1970s when hundreds of writers and artists flocked to the town, and there’s nowhere better to witness their influence than on Market Street. This charming stretch, running alongside Hebden Beck, is completely devoid of chain stores – instead it showcases an array of independent shops with creativity at their core.
Having discovered the beauty of handmade jewellery during a trip to Indonesia, Caroline Kindy was inspired to start her own business. She brought back her favourite pieces and began selling them to friends and family, using her profits to fund more trips overseas, thus building on her knowledge and passion for jewellery. A few years later she opened her own shop, which is now a treasure trove of beautiful, bespoke jewellery reflecting a wealth of cultural experience and commitment to quality.
How did your love of jewellery begin?
From raiding my mum’s jewellery box as a toddler, to buying my own pieces with any pocket money I had, I’ve always loved jewellery. It’s an amazing way to express yourself, and give yourself that little confidence boost, or just act as a sentimental icon.
When did your shop open?
We opened in 2003, so we’ve been here for 16 years now.
Why did you choose to open on Market Street in Hebden Bridge?
The premises is just amazing. We’ve got a lovely corner position, in a beautiful 19th century building with three huge floor-to-ceiling windows – I think it was just the nature of the building that drew us to it.
Who visits your shop?
Our customers are very individual, and have a unique sense of style. They’re looking for something really different and special, something that you can’t routinely find on the high street.
Tell us a bit about what’s on offer at Element.
We sell everything, including wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, lockets and charms, all sourced from independent makers across the world, each with their own unique design. We steer away from big brands as we want to showcase how amazing a piece of jewellery is, rather than how marketable it is.
Pursuing her desire to create indulgent vegan food that would appeal to even the most avid of meat eaters, owner Katie Hartley opened Humblest of Pleasures just two years ago, and has since seen it blossom into one of the town’s most popular eateries. Serving everything from freshly-baked, gluten-free cakes and doughnuts, to full vegan English breakfasts and jackfruit burgers, the colourful, cruelty-free café is leading Hebden Bridge’s plant-based revolution one FLT (facon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich at a time.
Established in 2006, RubyShoesDay has an enviable reputation for providing high-quality footwear bursting with character. Their unique collections feature both contemporary and traditional designs from some of the world’s biggest brands, like Doc Marten and Birkenstock (as well as from small independent British shoemakers), offering top quality footwear that’s got style to boot.
Founded by Marcus Doyle and Warren Booth, The Yorkshire Soap Company has grown into a scent-sational institution, with eight stores across Yorkshire. Much of their success is down to their extensive range of handmade products, including everything from luxury bath bombs, body wash and artisan hand soaps, to soap cupcakes and full-sized soap wedding cakes (which smell almost good enough to eat).
Nestled in the heart of Market Street, this quirky gift shop with its bright red facade has been a mainstay in the town since 2005, offering an abundance of unique products. Born from a passion for sustainability and beautiful handmade goods, the shop is home to a growing collection of local art and design pieces made using recycled materials, as well as quirky clothing, natural skincare products and eco-friendly kitchenware.
Showcasing an eclectic array of artwork in a stylish, shabby-chic studio, Heart Gallery epitomises the creative craft of the town. You’ll find a hand-picked selection of artwork from some of the most prominent designer makers in Yorkshire and the UK, featuring high-end textile works as well as photography, paintings and ceramics.