Having grown up in a corner shop I cherish good service, which is one of the reasons I love a trip to Haworth. It’s got some of my favourite shops and shopkeepers. They’re all on the cobbled Main Street and they all offer lovely stuff and good, old-fashioned service. In no particular order they are as follows:
*The Imaginarium Gallery. Fairly new, this is a little gem with carefully chosen pieces by designer makers and artists such as Mark Hearld, Charlotte Morrison and Donna Wilson. There’s everything from prints and cards to cushions and salad servers. It’s great if you like something a little different. If you’re lucky you’ll also see a Spangle – not the 70’s sweets but the cutest, little black dog, which is a cross between a spaniel and a Beagle. The shop is close to the top of the street on the left.
*My “trip back in time” watch and jewellery shop. I can’t find a name for this little place, which is half way down Main Street on the right, but my mum and I buy our watches here. They cost a fiver and have huge, bold proper numbers on them. Great for those of us now long of sight. They last for ages but we keep losing them hence the return visits. The owner is wonderful. He and his shop wouldn’t be out of place in Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. That’s a compliment – magical!
*The Souk. At the top of the Main Street set back on the right, this is one of the best vintage shops in Yorkshire. It’s run by Dianne Bentley, who really knows her stuff. It is packed, and I mean rammed to the gills, with everything from evening gowns and jumpers to shoes, bags and amazing jewellery. Set aside a good hour or two for browsing.
I also love the sweet shop on Main Street. It’s retro sweetie heaven with everything from chocolate limes and blackcurrant and liqourice to coconut mushrooms and lemon bon bons. I usually buy a quarter of something in lieu of lunch because, sadly, although Haworth is packed with tea shops and cafes I haven’t found one I like – yet! Let GY know if you have.
And finally …The Bronte Parsonage Museum and its shop are a must. You can also browse the shop without paying to visit the museum. The staff here are friendly and helpful. On display are T -shirts, coasters, books, prints, calendars and mugs (the one pictured is £9.99), all reasonably priced. BTW If Yorkshire had its own currency, those three sisters would be shoo in for the £10 note.